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Chambers, Lee Virginia Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Chamber's research interests cover three temporal periods and three topical areas: American women's history (singlehood, siblicity, and social activism) from 1790-1860; the workings of gender and the family in the Early Republic and Antebellum Periods (U.S. 1780-1845), and the Cold War in America (1947-1974). A book manuscript on the cultural construction of political womanhood in antebellum America with a focus on Boston abolitionist Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) is underway. Research continues on the family and community life of Los Alamos, N.M. during the Cold War, 1947-1984.

keywords

  • Social history of the family, Cultural ideals of femininity and masculinity, women's public activism, and American history from 1790 to 1860

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • HIST 2015 - Themes in Early American History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines major themes in the development of colonial societies in North America from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. Explores intercultural relations, economic development, labor systems, religion and society, and family life. Specific course focus may vary.
  • HIST 2616 - History of Gender in America
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the social and cultural construction of femininity and masculinity in America from 1500 to the present. Explores gender as a status acquired and performed through tasks, clothing, adornment and bodily movement. Examines gender ideals, expression and practices such as gender crossing, gender bending and gender plan.
  • HIST 4626 - History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States from 1870
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines the social history and cultural construction of genders and sexualities in America from 1870, exploring how discourses of race, religion, nationalism, medicine and criminality have shaped erotic encounters, informed gender and sexual identities and served as sites of political conflict. Same as WGST 4626.
  • HIST 4640 - Women, Gender and War
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Study of how women experience war, how the structure, practice and memory of war, and the rights and obligations of military service (masculinity and femininity) are structured by the gender system. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1015 or HIST 1012 or HIST 1025 or HIST 1123 or HIST 1628 or HIST 1708. Same as WGST 4640.
  • WGST 4626 - History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States from 1870
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines the social history and cultural construction of genders and sexualities in America from 1870, exploring how discourses of race, religion, nationalism, medicine and criminality have shaped erotic encounters, informed gender and sexual identities and served as sites of political conflict. Same as HIST 4626.
  • WGST 4640 - Women, Gender and War
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Study of how women experience war, how the structure, practice and memory of war, and the rights and obligations of military service (masculinity and femininity) are structured by the gender system. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1015 or HIST 1020 or HIST 1025 or HIST 1123 or HIST 1628 or HIST 1708. Same as HIST 4640.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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