Department of History

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Nancy A. Hewitt
Emerita Professor of History and Women's Studies
Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1999-2013

Additional Degree:

  • B.A., State University of New York, Brockport


My interests include American women's history, nineteenth century U.S. history, women's activism in all its wonderful variety, women and work, the interplay of race and class with sex/gender, religion and reform, and feminism in comparative perspective. I am currently rethinking the grand narrative of American women's early political history -from Seneca Falls to suffrage-by placing the events of the period in a more global context and by taking seriously the versions of woman's rights embraced by African Americans, workers, immigrants, and American Indians. I am also working on a biography of nineteenth-century radical activist, Amy Post.



  • 512:103 Development of U.S. I
  • 512:380 Women in American History I
  • 512:383 Women’s Rights in America
  • 988:301/302 Comparative Feminisms


  • 510:539 Colloquium in Women's and Gender History
  • 510:549 Research Seminar in Women's and Gender History
  • 510:560 Problems and Directed Readings in Women's and Gender History


  • Co-author (with Steven Lawson), Exploring American Histories: A Brief Survey with Sources (Bedford/St. Martin's, December 2012)
  • Editor, No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism (Rutgers University Press, 2010)
  • Editor, Companion to American Women's History (Blackwell's Publishers, 2002)
  • Southern Discomfort: Women's Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s (University of Illinois Press, 2001)
  • Co-author, Who Built America? Vol. 1 (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000)
  • “’Seeking  a Larger Liberty’: The U.S. Woman’s Rights Movement in Transatlantic Perspective,” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and James Brewer Stewart, eds., Woman’s Rights and Abolition in the Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2007)
  • “Economic Crises and Political Mobilization: Reshaping Cultures of Resistance in Tampa’s Communities of Color, 1929-1939,” in Sharon Harley, ed., Women’s Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers University Press, 2007
  • “Luisa Capetillo: Feminist of the Working Class,” in Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography and Community, eds. Vicki Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol (Oxford Univ Press, 2005)
  • "Re-rooting American Women's Activism: Global Perspectives on 1848," in Patricia Grimshaw, et al, eds., Woman's Rights as Human Rights (Palgrave, 2001)
  • "The Emma Thread," in Nupur Chaudhuri and Eileen Boris, eds., Voices of Women Historians (Indiana University Press, 1999)


  • Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, 2009-2010
  • Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT, Southern Association of Women Historians, 2002
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. 2000-2001
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1996-97


  • American Historical Association
  • Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Association of Women Historians
  • Southern Historical Association


  • Editorial Board, Rutgers University Press
  • Advisory Board, Feminist Studies
  • Advisory Board, HistoryMatters: American History on the Web
  • Advisory Board, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 15 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Dana-Ain Davis: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 15 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Carol Hager: Center for European Studies
Tue Oct 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
History Honors Program Information Session
Thu Oct 17 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Becoming a Social Studies Teacher: Undergraduate Workshop
Tue Oct 22 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Harish Naraindas: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 22 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Marxism & Materialism Working Group


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