My scholarship concerns the intersection of women, voluntarism, work, and social welfare. Currently I am writing a book-length project about the feminization of social work in its earliest stages in nineteenth- and early twentieth century charity which is under contract with the University of Massachusetts Press. I’m interested in how gender was both practiced and deployed to create rigid power structures that limited women’s roles. These interests have always informed my work, as you’ll see in the selection of articles below. I also am write on the art of teaching history.
“‘None of My History Classes Were Like This:’ An Experiment in Mastery Pedagogy.” The History Teacher, 50, no. 4 (August 2017): 597-627.
“‘The West Point of the Philanthropic Service:’ Reconsidering Social Work’s Welcome to Women in the Early Twentieth Century.” Social Service Review, 87, no. 1 (March 2013): 131-157. Finalist for 2014 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize, awarded to best article published in Social Service Review 2013. Accessible via JSTOR.
“‘Habits of Vice:’ The House of the Good Shepherd and Competing Narratives of Female Delinquency in Early Twentieth Century Hartford.” American Catholic Studies, 122, no. 4 (Winter 2011): 23-45. Accessible via Project MUSE.
“There is No New Gospel of True Womanhood: Progressive Era Activism in the Boston League of Catholic Women.” American Catholic Studies, 118, no. 2 (Summer 2007): 21-42. Not available online.
“Class and the Ideology of Womanhood: The Early Years of the Boston Young Women’s Christian Association.” The Historical Journal of Massachusetts, 32, no. 1 (Winter 2003): 1-20. Not available online.