Mara Dodge, Ph.D.

L. Mara Dodge, Ph.D.                       Professor
Editor: Historical Journal of Massachusetts
Office: Bates Hall 116A                  Phone: 413-572-5620
Joined Westfield State University in 1999.

Ph.D. History, University of Illinois at Chicago (1997)
M.Ed. Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. History, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. Sociology and Psychology, Hampshire College 

Courses Taught:
Hist 132 – U.S. History Since 1865
Hist 202 – Historical Research & Analysis
Hist 263 – U.S. Women’s History
Hist 265 – The Minority Experience: A Multicultural History of the U.S.
Hist 270 – Labor & Economic History
Hist 274 – History of Massachusetts (starting in 2021)
Hist 294 – Internship: Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Research Interests:
U.S. history since 1865: social movements
Women’s history
Labor and economic history
African-American history and civil rights movements
History of prisons, crime and punishment; legal history
Massachusetts history
Gay/lesbian and GLBT history
Race, class and gender in U.S. history
U.S. foreign policy
The Holocaust

Special Interests & Background:
Bicycling and outdoor activities
International travel (35+ countries)
Social justice, labor and community activism
History education/ K-12 social studies teaching
Taught in a wide variety of settings, including an inner-city Chicago elementary school, an alternative high school, an adult literacy program, and four adult and juvenile prisons in Illinois.

Selected Publications:

  • Book: “Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835-2000  (Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002).
  • Book Chapter: “Discipline, Resistance and Social Control at the Illinois State Reformatory for Women, 1930-62” in Erika Hayden, ed. Incarcerated Women: A History of Struggle, Oppression, and Resistance in American Prisons (Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • “The Domestic Slave Trade,” in The World of Antebellum America, edited by Jaime Martinez  (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017). 
  • “Samuel Gompers and the American Federation of Labor” and “The International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union,” in Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia of the Progressive Era, edited by Jeffrey A. Johnson (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017).
  • “The Westfield Normal School: 1839-2014,” chapter in Mary-Lou Breitborde and Kelly Kolodny (eds.) Remembering the Massachusetts State Normal Schools (Westfield, MA: Institute of Massachusetts Studies, 2014).
  • Book Chapter: “Textbook Analysis: Using James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me in History Education,” chapter in Elizabeth Heilman (ed.), Social Studies and Diversity Education: Methods for Teachers and Teacher Educators (Routledge, 2009).
  • "Anna B. Sullivan: The Formative Years of a Textile Union Organizer," Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Vol. 35 (Summer 2008): 184-225.
  • “The 1998 GM Strike,” in The Nineties in America, Milton Berman, ed. (Salem Press, 2009) and “Unions in the United States,” in The Eighties in America, Tracy Irons-Georges, ed. (Salem Press, 2008).
  • “U.S. Halts Gay Immigration, 1952-90,” Reference Guide to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History (MA: EBSCO Publishing, 2005).
  • “Black Women Suffragists” and “The National Association of Colored Women in the Gilded Age,” in Leonard Schlup, ed. Historical Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age (NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003) .
  • Other Historical Encyclopedia Articles: “Frances Perkins: U.S. Secretary of Labor” and “The Coalition of Labor Union Women (in American Women's History: An Encyclopedia, 2015); “Women’s Prisons” (in Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, 2006); “Juvenile Justice Reform in Chicago, 1899-1997,” (in Encyclopedia of Chicago, 2005); “Juvenile Delinquency: Historical Perspectives,” (in The Oxford Companion to United States History, 2001); “African-American Women and the Social Reform Tradition: The Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Clubs and Homes,”(in Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations, 2001); "Dr. Fannie Emanuel: African-American Clubwoman, Activist, and Doctor” (Women Building Chicago, 2001); “The Prison Reformatory Movement” (Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, 2001); and “The American Civil Liberties Union (Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court, 2000).
  • Book Reviews: Dozens of reviews published in the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Social History, American Journal of Legal History, Pacifica Historical Review, Theoretical Criminology, Historical Journal of Massachusetts, etc.

Awards, Honors, Grants:

  • 2017       NEH Summer Teacher’s Institute: Leader & Advisory Board Member-Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism in the Early 20th Century.
  • 2015-16  Scholar Advisor, UMass Amherst Public History Program, national exhibit “States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories” section on the history of women's incarceration.
  • 2010-13  Teaching American History Grant. Served as a Lead Historian. Westfield State University, Center for Teacher Education and Research.
  • 2012       WSU Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Grant
  • 2010       1st Massachusetts History Commendation Award. Joint award from the Massachusetts Historical Society, MassHumanities, and the UMass Public History Program in recognition of the successful redesign of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.
  • 2010       MassHumanities Project Grant
  • 2007      Radcliffe/Schlesinger Library Summer Institute Fellow: Writing Women's Bios.                    
  • 2003      Book Award for Superior Achievement, Illinois State Historical Society
  • 2002      Teaching Award, Celebration of Teacher’s, Westfield State University
  • 1997       Dissertation Award, American Association of University Women
  • 1996       University Fellowship, University of Illinois Graduate College
  • 1996       King Hostick Research Award, Illinois State Historical Society
  • 1995       Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies                       
  • 1996       Robert V. Remini Dissertation Award, U.I.C. History Dept.
  • 1995       American Historical Association, Research Grant in Legal History
  • 1993       Oppenheimer Teacher's Award, Chicago Public Schools
  • 1991        Outstanding Teacher Award, Loyola University