This focus area employs a wide range of departmental historians whose specializations
vary across geographical and chronological divisions. They include Drs. Margaret Caffrey,
Beverly Bond, Guiomar Dueñas-Vargas, Suzanne Onstine, and Jim Blythe, all of whom
have published in this area. A few examples illustrate the scope of their work: Dr.
Jim Blythe’s work on medieval images of female warriors, Dr. Caffrey’s biography of
anthropologist Ruth Benedict, and Dr. Onstine’s investigations of women in the ancient
world. Dr. Dueñas-Vargas publishes extensively about women and family in Latin America;
Dr. Beverly Bond’s work explores the dynamics of gender and race in the 19th century
American South. The department is in the process of hiring a new professor specializing
in Gender, Family and Childhood history to replace retired senior professor Dr. Joseph
The department offers a diverse range of courses in women, gender and family history,
including Black and White Women in American History, African Women’s History, Medieval
and Renaissance Women, The History of Gender in America, Gender and Slavery, Women
in a Global World, Women and Politics, History of the American Family, and Body Issues
in American Women’s History. Many of these courses are also made available through
the interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies Program.