Department of History

Jennifer Mittelstadt
Professor of History; and Vice Chair for Graduate Education
Degree: Ph.D., Univ of Michigan
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2010
Specialty: Modern US: Political, Military, and Women's and Gender History
Office: 118 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8258


I am a historian of the twentieth-century United States, with broad interests in the state and social policy, politics, women and gender, social movements, the military and militarization.  I have published articles and opinion pieces in the Journal of Policy History, International Labor and Working Class History, the Journal of Women’s History, Social Politics, Jacobin, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.  I am currently working on a project about US empire in the late twentieth century.



  • Gender and the U.S. Military
  • U.S. Women's History
  • Post-1945 U.S. History
  • The History of Poverty and Economic Crisis in the United States
  • The 1960s
  • United States History since 1865


  • Readings in Twentieth-Century U.S. History
  • (New) Transnational Social Movements in the Twentieth Century: US and the World
  • The Teaching of History



Articles and Essays

  • “The Soldier-Breadwinner And The Army Family: Gender and Social Welfare in the Post-1945 U.S. Military and Society,” in Gender And The Long Postwar:  Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989, Karen Hagemann and Sonia Michel, eds., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
  • “Stepping into It:  Lessons Learned from Entering the History You’re Writing,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 24, no. 1, (Winter 2012).
  • “‘The Army is a Service Not a Job’: Unionization, Employment, and the Meaning of Military Service in the Late-Twentieth United States,” International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 80, (Fall, 2011).
  • “Women Participants in Armed Violence,” Review Essay, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 23, no. 3, (Fall 2011).
  • “Philanthropy, Feminism, and Left Liberalism, 1960-1985,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 20, no. 4, (Winter 2008).

Opinion Editorials and Articles


  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008-2009
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities, Residency Fellowship, Penn State, Spring 2009 (declined)
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities, Individual Faculty Award, Penn State, 2007
  • Penn State Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy Award, Penn State, 2007
  • Kent Forster Award, Department of History, Penn State, 2006-2007
  • Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow, Penn State, 2007
  • Children, Youth, and Families Consortium grant, Penn State, 2004-2005


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Social Science History Association
  • Coordinating Council on Women’s History
  • Society for Military History

Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 05 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Conversation with Pieter Judson
Thu Sep 06 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Conversation with Pieter Judson
Fri Sep 07 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Conversation with Pieter Judson
Sat Sep 08 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Conversation with Pieter Judson
Sun Sep 09 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
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Mon Sep 10 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Conversation with Pieter Judson


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