OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Eileen Boris

Portrait of Eileen Boris

Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor in the department of feminist studies and an affiliate professor of history, black studies, and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America (1986) and Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States (1994), winner of the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, and a coauthor, with Jennifer Klein, of Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (2012), winner of the Sara A. Whaley Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. Her latest book is Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019 (2019). She is also a coeditor of Major Problems in the History of American Workers (2002), The Practice of U.S. Women's History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues (2007), Intimate Labors: Technologies, Cultures, and the Politics of Care (2010), and Women's ILO: Transnational Networks, Labour Standards, and Gender Equity (2018). Formerly a copresident of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, president of the board of trustees of The Journal of Women's History, and cochair of the program committee for the 2005 Thirteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, she was the president of the International Federation for Research in Women's History from 2015-2020.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Donald Trump appears sui generis as a personality and politician but are his signature positions an aberration in the long sweep of US history? This talk historicizes current issues—including the ”war” against women, nativism and deportation politics, the battle against organized labor, and threats against civil liberties, civil rights, free speech, and voting rights. It looks at antecedents and precedents in thinking about continuities and new paradigms in US culture, society, and politics.
This lecture explores the gains and limits of public policy and the law when it comes to white women and men and women of color. It looks at how formal inclusion was not enough when race, gender, and other embodiments impacted the meaning of rights at work.