Laura L. Lovett

Laura L. Lovett

Laura L. Lovett is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches courses on U.S. women's history, the history of childhood and youth, and sex in global history. She is the author of Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the United States, 1890–1930 (2007) and a coeditor of When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made (2012). She is a founding coeditor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth and a founding coeditor of the Childhoods book series with the University of Massachusetts Press. She is currently writing a biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, an African American community organizer and child care activist.

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Lectures

  • Child’s Play: The Fight To Free Children from Gender Stereotypes in the 1970s
  • The Four-Child Norm: The Eugenic Construction of the American Family
  • The Popeye Principle: Promoting Child Nutrition in the United States, 1920s and Today
  • With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Activist’s Life