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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Susan Lee Johnson

Susan Lee JohnsonSusan Lee Johnson is a professor of history, Chican@ and Latin@ studies, and gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush (2000), which won the Bancroft Prize and the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize. She is currently completing a book tentatively entitled "A Traffic in Men: The Old Maid, the Housewife, and Their Great Westerner." The book is a critical biography of two white women, published but amateur historians, who practiced a traffic in men, in part because of their fascination with the famous westerner Kit Carson. In it Johnson examines relationships between women historians and male historical subjects and between professional and amateur scholars. She also explores the practice of history in the context of everyday life, the seductions of gender in the context of racial power, and the spatiotemporal dimensions of twentieth-century relationships predicated on nineteenth-century regional pasts.

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