The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, August 2018
About the Editors
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor is a specialist in early American and women’s history. In addition to her appointment in the History Department, she is an elected trustee of the Business History Conference, a founding and standing editor of Oxford Bibliographies Online—Atlantic History, and a board member of Women and Social Movements. She is a speaker with the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program. Professor Hartigan-O’Connor’s research centers on the social and cultural history of economic life in 18th- and 19th-century America. She investigates how people used and thought about cash, credit, goods and exchange on a daily basis, with a particular focus on how women negotiated economies in early America.
Lisa G. Materson is a historian of U.S. women’s and gender history. Her work is focused on women’s involvement in social and political justice movements in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her book For the Freedom of Her Race: Black Women and Electoral Politics in Illinois, 1877-1932 (UNC Press, 2009) analyzes African American women’s turn to the party system at the local and national levels to undermine institutionalized segregation and disfranchisement. Her current research explores women’s involvement in the movement for Puerto Rico’s independence from the U.S. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled, American Nationalist: Ruth Reynolds and the Struggle Against U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico, which combines a feminist biography of Ruth Reynolds (1916-1989) with a microhistory of her multiple activist communities to examine the gendered and transnational history of the Puerto Rican independence movement.