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Archives acquires papers of Marilyn Boxer and Karen Offen

Karen Offen & Marilyn Boxer

The Archives is pleased to announce that it has acquired the papers of two noted scholars of women's studies: Marilyn Boxer and Karen Offen.

Marilyn Boxer (Ph.D, UC Riverside) is emeritus professor of history at San Francisco State University and former lecturer and scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford. She has held administrative appointments at San Diego State University, including Chair of the Department of Women's Studies (1974-1980) and Dean of College of Arts and Letters (1985-1989); as well as at San Francisco State University where she served as Vice-president for Academic Affairs (1989-1996). Boxer is the author of When women ask the questions: creating women's studies in America (1998). She has also co-edited three books: Socialist women: European socialist feminism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1978); Connecting spheres: European women in a globalizing world, 1500 to the present (1987); and Clara Zetkin: National and International Contexts (2012). In 2004, Boxer received the Helen Hawkins Feminist Activist Award for Betterment of Women's Lives.

Karen Offen (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a historian and independent scholar affiliated as a Senior Scholar with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She publishes on the history of Modern Europe, especially France and its global influence; Western thought and politics with reference to family, gender, and the relative status of women; historiography; women's history; the national, regional and global histories of feminism; and comparative history. KOffen has co-edited three volumes of interpretative documentary texts, Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States (1981), and the two-volume Women, the Family, and Freedom: The Debate in Documents, 1750-1950 (1983), both published by Stanford University Press.  Her monograph, Paul de Cassagnac and the Authoritarian Tradition in Nineteenth Century France, appeared in 1991 and is now available as an e-book.  She also co-edited the 1991 volume, Writing Women's History: International Perspectives (with Ruth Roach Pierson and Jane Rendall), on behalf of the International Federation for Research in Women's History.  offen's latest monograph is European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History (2000). She has since published an edited volume, Globalizing Feminisms 1789-1945 (2010) and is completing a book on the "woman question" debates in France.