Elisabeth Israels Perry
John Francis Bannon, S.J., Professor, Emeritus
Education: Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1967; B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1960.
My research and writing is in U.S. women's history. I'm interested in all aspects of that topic, but most especially in women's quest for citizenship rights in the 19th and 20th centuries and their involvement in civic and social movements. I've worked primarily in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, but more recently on the period between woman suffrage (1920) and the peak of the modern feminist movement (1970). My earliest studies, which were in early modern French history, resulted in a book on how French Catholics and Protestants used the history of the Reformation to support political arguments during the era of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. I remain interested in the theme of the uses of the past and the rights of minorities, but lately I've been drawn more to biography and autobiography (especially of women in politics), feminist literature, and feminist theory. Since moving into U.S. history, I have also published work on the history of Girl Scouting and on the impact of women's history on Gilded Age and Progressive Era historiography. And, finally, I've put considerable energies into publishing projects that mainstream women's and minority history into the larger civic and political story of the United States and to working with school teachers on this task. My current research is on women and civic life in New York City in the mid-twentieth century.
Honors and Fellowships:
- John Francis Bannon Professor of History, Saint Louis University, 1999-2008
- Loewenstein-Weiner Fellowship, Jacob Rader Marcus Center, American Jewish Archives, 2004
- OAH Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-present
- President, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), 1998-2000
- Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Hartford, 1995-96
- Research Grant, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1992
- Susan J. Koppelman Award, Women's Caucus, Popular Culture/American Culture Assns., 1992
- Daniel M. Lyons Vis. Prof. of U.S. History, Brooklyn College-CUNY, 1991-92
- Grant-in-Aid, American Council of Learned Societies, 1991
- Ampart Lecturer, United States Information Service: Puri and Bombay, India, 1988; Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and Lyons, France, 1989
- Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for School Teachers, "Feminist Classics in American Culture," 1987, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2000
- Manuscript Prize, New York State Historical Association, 1987
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980-81
- Travel Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1978
- Research Grant, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 1976
- Visiting Fellow in History, Yale University, 1975
- Research Grant, New School for Social Research, 1975, 1981
- U. S. Government Grant (Fulbright), University of Paris, 1964
Recent Courses Taught:
- American Women
- Women and American Politics: An Historical Perspective
- Modern Feminism
- Women and Social Movements
- American Women's Biography & Autobiography
- The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- Feminist Theory
- U.S. Women's History
- Women in American Culture
- The Gilded Age & Progressive Era: A Student Companion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). (Co-author)
- America: Pathways to the Present, 5th edition (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003). (Co-author)
- Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987; Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000). Winner of a New York State Historical Association Manuscript Prize, 1987
- Women in Action: Rebels and Reformers, 1920-1980 (Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters, 1995).
- From Theology to History: French Religious Controversy and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1973).
- "Men Are From the Gilded Age, Women Are From the Progressive Era," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 1 (2002): 25-48.
- "From Achievement to Happiness: Girl Scouting in Middle Tennessee, 1910s - 1960s," Journal of Women's History 5 (1993): 75-94.
- "'The Very Best Influence': Josephine Holloway and Girl Scouting for Nashville's African-American Community," Tennessee Historical Quarterly 52 (1993): 73-85.
- "Women's Political Choices after Suffrage: the Women's City Club of New York, 1915-present" New York History 62 (1990): 417-34.
- An American Girl, and Her Four Years at a Boys' College (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006). (Co-editor)
- Guest Editor, Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, special issue on the Progressive Era, May 1999.
- We Have Come to Stay: American Women and Political Parties, 1880-1960 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999). (Co-editor)
- The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992). (Co-editor) Winner of a Susan J. Koppelman Award
Essays in Edited Volumes
- "'Now At Last We Can Begin!' The Impact of Woman Suffrage in New York," in Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge Era, ed. John Earl Haynes (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1998).
- "Training for Public Life: Eleanor Roosevelt and Women's Political Networks in New York in the 1920s," in Without Precedent: The Life and Career of Eleanor Roosevelt (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984).