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The Power of Women's Voices
65th Anniversary Conference of the Sophia Smith Collection
at Smith College, September 28-29, 2007

Kathryn Kish Sklar

Living U.S. Women's Oral History Project


Family: Born December 26, 1939, in Columbus, OH; daughter of William Edward and Elizabeth Sue (Rhodes) Kish; married Robert Sklar (a historian), 1958 (divorced, 1979); married Thomas Dublin, 1988; children: (first marriage) Leonard, Susan. Education: Radcliffe College, A.B., 1965; University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1969. Memberships: American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association, Conference Group in Women's History, West Coast Association of Women Historians, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Phi Beta Kappa. Addresses: Office: Department of History, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY 13902.


Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1965-67; Danforth Foundation fellowship, 1967-69; Ford Foundation fellowship for study of the role of women in society, 1973-74; Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University fellowship, 1973-74; National Book Award nomination, 1974, for Catharine Beecher; annual prize, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 1975; National Humanities Institute fellowship, 1975-76; Rockefeller Foundation humanities fellowship, 1981-82; Guggenheim fellowship, 1984-85; Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (Stanford) fellowship, 1987-88; American Association of University Women fellowship, 1990-91; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars fellowship, 1992-93.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, lecturer and assistant professor of history, 1969-74; University of California, Los Angeles, associate professor, 1974-81, professor of history, 1981-88; State University of New York at Binghamton, distinguished professor of history, 1988--.


  • Catharine Beecher: A Study of American Domesticity, Yale University Press, 1973.
  • (Author of introduction) Catharine Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, Schocken, 1977.
  • (Editor) The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe: "Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly," "The Minister's Wooing," "Oldtown Folks," Library of America, 1981.
  • (Editor) Notes of Sixty Years: The Autobiography of Florence Kelley, 1859-1926, Charles Kerr, 1985.
  • (Editor with husband, Thomas Dublin, and contributor) Women and Power in American History, Prentice-Hall, 1990.
  • (Editor with Martin Bulmer and Kevin Bales, and contributor) The Social Survey Movement in Historical Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work, Yale University Press, 1995.
  • (Co-editor with Linda K. Kerber, Alice Kessler-Harris) U.S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays, University of North Carolina Press, 1995.
  • (Co-editor with Anja Sch'ler and Susan Strasser) Social Justice Feminists in the United States and Germany: A Dialogue in Documents, 1885-1933, Cornell University Press, 1998.

Also author of pamphlet, Recent Scholarship by U.S. Historians on the History of Women, American Historical Association; co-author with Gerda Lerner of Graduate Training in U.S. Women's History: A Conference Report, 1990, American Historical Association. Contributor to books, including Women in America: Original Essays and Documents, edited by Carol Berkin and Mary Beth Norton, Houghton, 1979; Rights of Passage: The Past and Future of the ERA, edited by Joan Hoff-Wilson, Indiana University Press, 1986; and Writing Women's Lives: The Challenge of Feminist Biography, edited by Joyce Antler, Elizabeth Perry, and Sara Alpern, University of Illinois Press, 1992. Contributor to periodicals, including University of Michigan Papers in Women's Studies, Pacific Historical Review, Feminist Studies, American Historical Review, and Journal of American History.


Florence Kelley and the Rise and Fall of Women's Political Culture: "Doing the Nation's Work," 1830-1930, for Yale University Press; contributing to Gender and the Origins of Welfare States in Western Europe and North America, edited by Seth Koven and Sonya Michel, for Routledge & Kegan Paul.

The Kathryn Kish Sklar Papers will be part of the Sophia Smith Collection.

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