Jennifer Scanlon


Jennifer Scanlon

Jennifer Scanlon is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. Her research interests include women's and feminist history, women's relationships to social movements, biography, and consumer culture. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she is the author of Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman (2016), Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (2009), and Inarticulate Longings: The Ladies' Home Journal, Gender, and the Promises of Consumer Culture (1995), and the editor of Significant Contemporary American Feminists (1999) and The Gender and Consumer Culture Reader (2000). She has also written many scholarly articles on women's and girls' cultural and consumer practices. Among other accolades, Bad Girls Go Everywhere was named a "Book of the Times" by the New York Times, "Book of the Week" by The Week, and Business Book of the Year by Marketplace.

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  • Until There Is Justice: Anna Arnold Hedgeman and America's Freedom Struggles
  • We Have a Dream, a Prayer, and Many Demands: Revisiting the March on Washington
  • Understanding and Interpreting a Life: Helen Gurley Brown
  • Sexy from the Start: Female Sexuality and the Second Wave of Feminism
  • "A Piece on Cancer While the Water Boils": Women and Their Magazines
  • Born to Shop? Consumerism and the American Woman