Lori D. Ginzberg is a professor of history and women’s studies at Penn State University. Her work focuses on the intellectual history and political identities of nineteenth-century women. The author of four books, she has long been fascinated by the ways ideologies about gender obscure the material and ideological realities of class, how women of different groups express political identities, and the ways that commonsense notions of American life shape, contain, and control radical ideas. Her books include Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States (1990), Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman's Rights in Antebellum New York (2005), and most recently, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (2009). She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012-2013. She will present "Mainstreams and Cutting Edges: Women and the Grand Narrative of U.S. History," at the Rethinking Women's History conference at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris in summer 2016.