American Women’s History and the Global Turn. Over the last decade, transnational and global history has transformed the field of US women’s history. On December 5, 2013 on the campus of the University of California at Davis, we hosted a lively discussion about this foundational shift in the field. We invited historians of US women’s and gender history from throughout northern California to discuss and debate:

  • How has the transnational turn shaped the field of US women’s and gender history?
  • How can US women’s history benefit from recent trends in the histories of the Atlantic world and imperialism?
  • How can we incorporate transnational and comparative histories into the classroom?
  • Where do we go from here?

We used articles by Alice Kessler-Harris, “A Rich and Adventurous Journey: The Transnational Journey of Gender History in the United States” and Joanne Meyerowitz, “Transnational Sex and U.S. History” to frame our discussion.

Kind Regards,

Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor
Lisa G. Materson
University of California at Davis

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