Joanne Meyerowitz

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Arthur Unobskey Professor of History & American Studies
HGS 101
Field(s) of interest: 
U.S.: 20th century; Gender & sexuality; Global poverty

Joanne Meyerowitz received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.  She is the author of Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 1988) and How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2002), and the editor of Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960 (1994) and History and September 11th (2003).  Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2004, she taught at Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati, and for five years she edited the Journal of American History, the leading scholarly journal in U.S. history.  

Meyerowitz has won fellowships from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Social Science Research Council.  Her current research looks at U.S. involvement in campaigns to end global poverty in the 1970s and 1980s.   For the 2015-2016 academic year, she is the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.

Meyerowitz is co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities.

Recent publications include: