“Beauvoir’s America: Women’s History and the Making of Feminism” This current book project examines women’s history and the intellectual and cultural roots of feminist thought. Beginning with the earliest origins in Western thought, the research aims to follow the ideational currents to the end of the twentieth century, when feminist thinking was at its zenith. It considers not only the intellectual contribution of key leaders but the popularization of feminist sensibilities and anti-feminist reaction. The mixed reception to Simone de Beauvoir’s groundbreaking book The Second Sex (1953) offers a frame for research into the development of feminism and its wide cultural dissemination. The implications of this research is a greater understanding of women’s history and the influence of feminism as a set of culture-shaping ideas and illumination of the moral tensions experienced in defining the gendered self. Research partially funded by the New England Regional Consortium.
Photo: Simone de Beauvoir at work
Other Work in Progress:
Essay, “Rosemary Radford Ruether” for Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology since 1918.
Essay, “Liberation Theology” for the forthcoming T & T Clark Handbook of Modern Theology.
Recently published essay:
Essay, ” ‘ Pray to God; she will hear us’: Women Reimagine Religion and Politics in the 1970s” in The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) edited by Douglas Rossinow, Leilah Danielson, and Marian Mollin.