Diversifying the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Endorsed by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE)

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Gender and Sexuality; Race; Theory and Methodology


Since its founding in 1989, the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) has advanced innovative scholarship and conversations that turned the period between the Civil War and World War I into a vibrant scholarly field. Representing the range of scholars and topics this field encompasses, the panelists will offer their insights on how their work contributes to our understanding of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era as a field and its diversity. The roundtable will explore the possibilities and limits for using the period as an analytical framework and will offer ways of moving forward to diversify the field.

Session Participants

Chair: Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Case Western Reserve University
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox is a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Case Western Reserve University, as well as an editor for the H-SHGAPE listerv. She holds a PhD in History from New York University (2014) in modern U.S history, with a particular focus on women's and gender history. Her current book manuscript, Dressed for Freedom: American Feminism and the Politics of Women’s Fashion, explores women’s political uses of clothing and appearance to promote feminist agendas during the long 20th century. Einav has published on fashion, femininity, and feminism in the Journal of Women’s History, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, American Journalism, as well as public venues such as Public Seminar, the Conversation, and Dismantle Magazine.

Panelist: Paula C. Austin, California State University, Sacramento
Paula Austin is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento. She specializes in African American, gender, and urban histories of the 19th and early 20th centuries and is currently working on an intellectual and social history project on black poor and working class young Washingtonians in the interwar U.S. capital. Everyday Life in the Jim Crow Capital: Black Youth, Power, and Belonging is forthcoming from New York University Press. She recently co-edited a special issue of Radical Teacher on “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter,” and has an article about black visual culture in the 1920s in the 2018 summer issue of the Journal of African American History.

Panelist: Stacy A. Cordery, Iowa State University
Stacy Cordery is the author of four books, most recently a biography of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low (Viking, 2012) and of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Viking, 2007). She is currently completing a biography of cosmetics entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden for Viking. At Iowa State University, where she is professor of History and an affiliate faculty member with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center, Cordery teaches the History of First Ladies, the Gilded Age, and the modern U.S. survey. She is the visiting distinguished historian of the Theodore Roosevelt Center and serves as treasurer for SHGAPE.

Cordery is a sought-after speaker who has appeared on C-SPAN, the Diane Rehm Show, the History Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and NPR’s Weekend Edition. She’s given talks at, among others places, the Wilson Center, the National Constitution Center, the Miller Center, Printers Row Lit Fest, and the Savannah Book Festival.

Panelist: Boyd Cothran, York University
Boyd Cothran is Associate Professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, ON Canada and the co-editor of The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is a historian of the 19th-century and the author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert M. Utley Prize for the best book in military history from the Western History Association and was a finalist for the Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies from the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. More recently his research interests have gone more global in scale. He is currently working on two book length projects that combine global history and microhistory. The first, co-authored with Adrian Shubert, is Vessel of Globalization: The Many Worlds of the Edwin Fox, a history of the crucial late-19th and early-20th century phase of globalization using the ship the Edwin Fox as a narrative vehicle. The second is 1873: A Global History, a microhistorical study of the major global historical themes of the era through the lens of a single year.

Panelist: Mary Ting Yi Lui, Yale University
Mary Lui is Professor of American Studies and History. Her primary research interests include: 19th and 20th c. Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005), the 2007 co-winner of the best book prize for history from the Association of Asian American Studies. The book uses a 1909 unsolved murder case to examine race, gender, and interracial sexual relations in the cultural, social and spatial formation of New York City Chinatown from 1870-1920. She is currently working on a new book titled, Making Model Minorities: Asian Americans, Race, and Citizenship in Cold War America at Home and Abroad, that examines the history of Asian American and U.S. cultural diplomacy in Asia in the early years of the Cold War.

Panelist: Allan Lumba, Virginia Tech
Allan E. S. Lumba is a cultural and social historian of Asia and the Pacific. He engages questions of racial capitalism, imperialism, and decolonization through intersectional theoretical approaches, drawing from: postcolonial, feminist, ethnic, queer, and disability studies. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Washington. He is completing his book manuscript, "Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines," which charts the historical intersections and tensions between race, knowledge, sovereignty, and the capitalist market in the United States and the Philippines.

Panelist: Martin Anthony Summers, Boston College
Martin Summers is associate professor of history and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. He is a cultural historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S., with particular research and teaching interests in race, gender, sexuality, and medicine. His 2004 book, Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900 – 1930, received the 2005 American Historical Association-Pacific Branch Book Award. His current research project is a social and cultural history of medicine that focuses on African-American patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital, a federal mental institution in Washington, DC. The project uses the hospital as a case study in which to explore the intersections of the historical process of racial formation, medical and cultural understandings of insanity, the exercise of institutional power, and individual and collective agency. Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation’s Capital will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2019. Summers’ research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Humanities Center. Summers earned his PhD at Rutgers University in 1997 and has held tenure-track and/or tenured positions at New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Oregon, and the University of Texas at Austin.