Research and Teaching Interests:

  • United States Feminist Legal History
  • United States — Twentieth Century Women’s History
  • Cultural and Political Conflict and Public Policy
  • Gender Issues in the U.S.

Current Projects:

  • Pursuing Equality: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Legal Biography (Forthcoming Alfred A. Knopf, 2014)

Selected Publications:

  • Women’s America: Refocusing the Past
    With Linda K. Kerber, 7h edition, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Sex, Gender, and the Politics of Sex: A State and a Nation
    With Donald G. Mathews, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990) Winner of the American Political Science Association’s 1991 Victoria Schuck Award
  • The Federal Theatre, 1935-1939: Plays, Relief, and Politics
    (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1967)

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • American Political Science Association, Victoria Schuck Award, Co-Winner, 1991.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1998-99 and 1975-76.
  • National Research Council, Committee for the Study of Research Doctorate Programs in the U.S.. 1993-95.
  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Women’s History, Journal of Policy History, American Quarterly, Gender and Culture Series (U of North Carolina Press).
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Delegate (from Organization of American Historians), Member of the Executive Board, 1995-99.
  • Bicentennial Chair, American Studies, University of Helsinki, 1981-1982.

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Legal History
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Political Science Association