Graduate Programs in Women's History and Women's Studies


Graduate Programs in Women's History and Women's Studies August 1996

Editor's Note: Harvey Graff's question offers us the opportunity to create an updated list of (or identify a source for) Ph.D. programs in women's history and women's studies. These do not have to be limited to the U.S.

Might I suggest a good place to start is the H-women webpage, particularly the subpage listing significant links in women's history and women's studies. If you have not checked us out lately, please take a look. It is a useful and always growing resource. The University of Maryland site is particularly relevant to this query. To see the list Maria Elena Raymond has put together, point your browser to

The University of Maryland site includes a job listing, but I would also suggest H-Net's own weekly job guide. View it at:

These sites are available through a graphic browser such as Netscape or a text only browser such as Lynx. KL


Query from Harvey Graff 09 August 1996

I am looking for a current list, with addresses, if possible, for Ph.D. programs in women's history and women's studies. In addition, I would appreciate any suggestions for email lists on which to post job notices in women's studies and women's history. Thanks.



>From Leslie Schwalm 12 August 1996

Concerning the request for information on graduate programs in women's history and i women's studies, I would like to make a plug for my own institution. Although the University of Iowa does not at present have a structured degree program in women's history, the history faculty here is tremendously user-friendly to women's history, and also includes a number of scholars whose work either focuses on or has included work in the history of women and gender history (in US history, Linda Kerber and Leslie Schwalm; Latin America, Kathleen Higgins; Medievalist Connie Berman; History of Medicine, Susan Lawrence; and French history, Sarah Hanle.)

Adding to the friendly environment is the Iowa women's Archives, an endowed and ever-growing collection of archival sources on the history of women in Iowa (and presently mid-way through a special two-year project to collect sources relating to the history of African-American women in the state).

Furthermore, the University of Iowa's Women's Studies Program is in the process of securing University approval to institute a graduate program in Women's Studies. With an already established MA program in Feminist Anthropology, the University of Iowa offers graduate students an unusual breadth and depth of resources and intellectual community to support women's studies and women's history endeavors.

Relevant addresses:

Department of History University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242

Women's Studies Program Jefferson Building University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242

Department of Anthropology Macbride Hall University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242

I would also welcome inquiries at

>From Wilma King 12 August 1996

See offerings in women's history and women's studies at Michigan State University in the graduate catalogue.

Please note that Professors Lisa Fine, Darlene Clark Hine, Linda Johnson, Dagmar Herzog, and other women on the history faculty offer courses in that area.

Should you wish a catalogue, contact

Mary Reid Graduate Secretary 301 Morrill Hall Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan 48864-1035

(517) 355-7500 or

>From Judith Bennett 15 August 1996

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a Ph.D. in Women's History, with a program of study that includes opportunities for both comparative work and the study of feminist theory. More than a dozen faculty regularly teach graduate-level courses in Women's History--In U.S.(women, race and gender in the South is a special strength); Europe (medieval and early modern, as well as modern); Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as Western Europe; Middle East; and Latin America. The faculty are: Judith Bennett:medieval Europe; Sarah Chambers: Latin America; Stanley Chojnacki: Renaissance Europe; Peter Filene: US; Barbara Harris: early modern Europe; Jacquelyn Hall: US; Sylvia Hoffert: US; Katherine Jolluck: Eastern Europe; James Leloudis: US; Genna Rae McNeil: US; Donald Mathews: US; Donald Raleigh: Russia; Sarah Shields: Islam and Middle East.

Two other additional factors make UNC-CH a particularly attractive place for graduate work in Women's History. First, women historians at UNC-CH work closely with faculty and graduate students at Duke--courses are coordinated between the two universities, and many students work closely with faculty on both campuses. Second, the Feminist Women in History Group further enriches local opportunities for feminist women. Involving feminist women from all area universities, it meets once a month (during the academic year) at a faculty home for informal discussion and socializing.

You can reach the department's home page at or contact Linda Stephenson, the graduate secretary at or you may write for information to either individual faculty member or: Committee on Women's History, Department of History, CB#3195, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195.