Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and Professor of American Studies
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Fields of interest:
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 the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University, 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. She is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and past president of the Organization of American Historians.
At Yale, she has served as chair of LGBT Studies, chair of the American Studies Program, and interim chair of the Department of History. She is currently director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. In 2020, she won the Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities.
Her new book, A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit (Princeton University Press, 2021), is a history of U.S. involvement in campaigns to end global poverty in the 1970s and 1980s. It shows how and why anti-poverty efforts increasingly focused on women as the deserving poor.
Selected recent publications:
- “180 Op-Eds: Or How to Make the Present Historical,” Journal of American History 107:2 (September 2020), 323-335
- “The Liberal 1950s? Reinterpreting Postwar U.S. Sexual Culture,” in Karen Hagemann and Sonya Michel, eds., Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989 (Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2014), 297-319
- “‘How Common Culture Shapes the Separate Lives’: Sexuality, Race, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Social Constructionist Thought,” Journal of American History 96:4 (March 2010), 1057-1084
- “Transnational Sex and U.S. History,” American Historical Review 114:5 (December 2009), 1273-1286
- “A History of ‘Gender,’” American Historical Review 113:5 (December, 2008), 1346-1356
Gender & Sexuality