2010-2011 Research Fellows


Estelle Freedman | email

Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University photo credit Jim Hammack

Estelle Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University, and received her B.A. in history from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. A founder and former director of the Stanford Program in Feminist Studies, she is the author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (2002) and Feminism, Sexuality and Politics (2006), as well as the editor of the anthology The Essential Feminist Reader (2007). She has also written two books on women's prison reform - Their Sisters' Keepers: Women's Prison Reform in America, 1830-1930 (1981), and Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition (1996) - and she is the co-author (with John D'Emilio) of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (1988; rev.1997).

Freedman is the recipient of the Roelker Mentorship Award from the American Historical Association and the Kahn-Van Slyke graduate mentoring award from the Stanford History Department. Her undergraduate teaching has been recognized at Stanford with the Dean's Award, the Dinkelspiel Award, and the Rhodes Prize. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women, and has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

For her fellowship, Freedman is working a book project on the political history of rape in the U.S. during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She will research the ways white and black women responded to rape during the suffrage era, in order to understand how the intersections of race and gender complicated feminist approaches to sexual violence over the twentieth century. She will give an informal talk to this year's Faculty Fellows and Clayman Institute Affiliated Fellows on February 17th. Details here.

Further information about Professor Freedman is available from her website.

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