Professional Information


Ph.D., History, Michigan State University, December 1998
M. A., History, University of San Diego, May 1991
B. A., History, University of San Diego, May 1981  


Academic Appointments

Illinois State University, Department of History
        Associate Professor, Fall 2007 to present, Assistant Professor, Fall 2001 to Summer 2007
University of San Diego, Department of History
        Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 1999 - Summer 2001
        Instructor, Spring 1995 and Fall 1997 - Summer 1999
        Graduate Assistant, 1989 - 1990
Pew Charitable Trusts, Child Care Policy Project
        Research Assistant, Summer 1996
Michigan State University, Department of History
        Instructor, Spring and Summer 1996
        Teaching Assistant, Fall 1996 and 1992 - 1994
Institute for Public Policy & Social Research/Michigan Child Care Clearinghouse
        Research Associate, 1991 - 1994


Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

        Stan and Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award, 2006 - 2007
        Department Nominee, Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts & Sciences, 2005
        University Teaching Initiative Award, Illinois State University, 2004 - 2005
        Herbert C. & Mary Jackson Award, College of Arts & Letters, Michigan State University, 1994
        Institute of History Award, San Diego Historical Society, 1990
        Bob Hope Leadership Scholarship, University of San Diego, 1980

        Summer Faculty Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, ISU, 2004
        Graduate Merit Completion Fellowship, College of Arts & Letters, MSU, 1997
        Graduate Merit Research Fellowship, College of Arts & Letters, MSU, 1995
        Incentive Fellowship, College of Arts & Letters, MSU, 1995
        Research Fellowship, Hans H. & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust, San Diego, 1990
        Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, ISU, 2003 - 2004
        New Faculty Initiative Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, ISU, 2002 - 2003



Manuscript in Progress
        Childcare in Paradise: The Boundaries of Reform in San Diego, 1850s-1940s

"In Search of a Real San Diego History," Roundtable Discussion on Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See, in Journal of San Diego History, 55:1 & 2 (Winter/Spring 2009): 59-63.

"A 'Growing Evil' or 'Inventive Genius': Anglo Perceptions of Indian Life in San Diego, 1850-1900," Southern California Quarterly, 89:3 (Fall 2007): 249-284.

"Revelations of a Reformer: Helen D. Marston Beardsley and Progressive Activism,"
                   Journal of San Diego History
, 50, no. 3-4: 102-123.

“Hidden Laborers: Female Day Workers in Detroit, 1870-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age and
                Progressive Era
4:1 (January 2005): 23-51.

        “The Power of Maternal Love: Negotiating a Child's Care in Progressive-era San Diego,” Journal
                of the West
41 (Fall 2002): 71-79.

        “From Spanish Romance to Neon Confidence and Demolition Fear: The Twentieth-Century Life
                of the El Cortez Hotel,” Journal of San Diego History 46:1 (Winter 2000): 3-33, with Cynthia
                B. Malinick.

        “Training Young Women in the ‘Service' of Motherhood: Early Childhood Education at Detroit's
                Merrill-Palmer School, 1920-1940,” Michigan Historical Review 24:1 (Spring 1998): 103-132.

        “A Passion for Water: Hans H. Doe and the California Water Industry,” Journal of San Diego
40:4 (Summer 1993): 232-259.

        “The Machado Quilt: A Study in Multi-Cultural Folk Art,” Uncoverings 12 (1991): 190-208.

Encyclopedia Entries
        Child Care; Family and Medical Leave Act, 1993; Katharine F. Lenroot; and Sheppard-Towner
                Maternity and Infancy Protection Act of 1921 for Women and American Politics, Lynne E.
                Ford, ed., forthcoming.

        Book Review Editor, Journal of San Diego History, 2001 to 2003 (volume 47 & 48).

Book Reviews
    Scott C. Martin, Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860, in Journal of Illinois History, 11:2 (Summer 2008): 148-149.

Jan Doolittle Wilson, The Women's Joint Congressional Committee and the Politics of Maternalism, 1920-1930, in Journal of American History, 94:4 (March 2008): 1296-1297.

Letti Gavin, American Women in World War I: They Also Served and Kathi Jackson, They Called Them Angels: American Military Nurses of World War II, in Military History of the West, 37 (2007): 123-124.

L. Mara Dodge, “Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: A Study of Women, Crime, and Prisons,
, Journal of Illinois History , 6:4 (Winter 2003): 328-329.

        L. Virginia M. Bouvier, Women and the Conquest of California, 1542-1840: Codes of Silence,
                Journal of Arizona History
, 43:4 (Winter 2002): 385-286.

        Albert L. Hurtado, Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender and Culture in Old California for
                Southern California Quarterly
, 82:2 (Summer 2000): 223-224.

        Sarah F. Wakefield, Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees: A Narrative of Indian Captivity, and
                Charles W. Allen, From Fort Laramie to Wounded Knee: In the West That Was for
46:1 (Winter 1999): 192-196.

        Review Essay: “‘Problem Girls': Gendering Criminal Acts and Delinquent Behavior,” Journal of
                Women's History
, 9:3 (Autumn 1997): 203-214.


Conference Presentations

        "A ‘Growing Evil' in San Diego: Anglo Reactions to the Presence of Indian Women in Their
        Community,” Western Historical Association, Fort Worth, October 2003.

        "Negotiating a Cultural Divide: The Female Worlds of Mexican Mothers and Anglo Reformers in
        Progressive-era San Diego,” American Historical Association, Chicago, January 2003.

        Organizer and Panelist in Roundtable, “Teaching the ‘American Family': An Interdisciplinary
        Approach to General Education Requirements,” Social Science History Association, St. Louis,
        October 2002.

        "Revelations of a Reformer: The Awakening of Social Injustice in the Mind of Helen Marston
        Beardsley,” Western Association of Women Historians, Huntington Library, April 2002.

        Commentary for “Healthcare and Benevolence Session,” Illinois History Symposium, Springfield,
        November 2001.

        "'I Want to Stay with Mama': Responding to Child Care Needs in Progressive-Era San Diego,”
        Western History Association, San Antonio, October 2000.

        "'Definitely Feeble-Minded': Responses to ‘Pathological' Parents in Progressive -Era Detroit,”
        Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, San Diego, August 1998.

        "'Great Wonderful Years': Professional Training at The Merrill-Palmer School, 1920-1940,”
        Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Chapel Hill, June 1996.

        "Finding Child Care in America: A Case Study of Detroit, 1880-1940,” Michigan Academy of
        Arts & Sciences Annual Conference, East Lansing, March 1994.

        "The Machado Quilt: A Study in Multi-Cultural Folk Art,” The American Quilt Study Group
        Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, October 1991.

        "Frontier Illusions: Prostitutes on the American Frontier,” Phi Alpha Theta Regional Convention,
        Fullerton, April 1991.


Public History Appointments

Exhibition Design/Curatorial
        Coronado Historical Association, Guest Exhibition Curator, 1997 - 2000
        San Diego Historical Society, Exhibition Consultant, 1997
        Michigan State University Museum, Restoration Volunteer for Costume Collection, 1991 - 1992
        University of San Diego, Design Assistant and Founders Gallery Exhibition Co-curator, 1990

        Hans H. & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust, Archivist, 1990 - 1991
        San Diego Historical Society, Development Associate, 1990 - 1991


Academic Service

Illinois State University
        Chair, Women's History Month, Department of History, 2001 - present
        Faculty Co-Advisor, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, 2004 - 2005
        Faculty Mentor, Women's Mentoring Network, 2004 - 2005
        Faculty Mentor, University Residence Halls, Atkin 4th Floor, 2003 - 2004
        Member, Children's Studies Minor, College of Arts & Sciences, 2003 - 2004
        Member, Curriculum Committee, Department of History, 2003 - 2004, 2005 - present
        Member, Programming Committee, Women's Studies Department 2001 - present
        Member, Women and Minorities Report, Department of History, 2003
        Member, Search Committee, Chair, Department of History, 2004 - 2005
        Member, Search Committee, U.S. Intellectual & Cultural History, Department of History, 2002 - 2003
        Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of History, 2001-2003
        Member, Newsletter Committee, Department of History, 2001-2003
        Member, Recounting the Past Editorial Board, Department of History, 2001-2002

University of San Diego
Experiential Learning Committee, University-wide, 2000 - 2001
Gender Studies Committee, University-wide, 2000 - 2001
        Student Representative,
Graduate Dean Search Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, 1990 - 1991

Michigan State University
        Child Care
Planning Committee Representative, Council of Graduate Students, 1992 - 1994


Community Service

Normal, Illinois
YWCA of McLean County, Stepping Stones Sexual Assault Program, 2004 - present
        Metcalf Laboratory School: Parent Aid, Reading and Writing Program, 2003 - 2005
        McLean County Museum of History: Curator's Advisory Committee, 2002 - 2004
the King Episcopal Church: Sunday School Teacher; Altar Guild Member, 2002 - 2003
        The Mulberry School: Parent Aid, 4K and Pre-K Classrooms, 2001 - 2003

San Diego, California
        St. Luke's Episcopal Church: Nursery Aid; Altar Guild Member, 1998 - 2001
        University of San Diego National Alumni Board of Directors: Member, 1990 - 1991
        Venture-Soroptomists Club International: Community Service Chair, 1988 - 1990
        St. Vincent de Paul/Joan Kroc Center: Volunteer, 1987 - 1989
        University of San Diego Alcala Society: Planning Committee Member, 1986 - 1989

East Lansing, Michigan
 St. John's Catholic Church: St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteer, 1991-97
                (Food Cupboard Leader; and Shelter Mission Leader)


Non-Profit Positions

Michigan State University, Child and Family Care Resources, Research Assistant, 1995
Effectiveness Through Communication, Inc., Writer, 1990 - 1991
Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County, Associate Director, 1987 - 1989
Sharp Hospitals Foundation, Assistant Director of Development, 1984 - 1987
Zoological Society of San Diego, Development Assistant, 1981 - 1984


Professional Organizations

American Historical Association; Organization of American Historians; San Diego Historical Society;
Western Association of Women Historians; Western History Association; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


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