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Nancy C. Unger
Education Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1985
M.A. University of Southern California, 1981
B.A. Gonzaga University, 1978
Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Revised paperback edition with new preface, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008.
Winner of Wisconsin Historical Society 2001 Book of Merit Award.
Books Under Contract
A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Wiley-Blackwell), Co-edited with Chirstopher McKnight Nichols.
Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer and "Traitor to the White Race" (Routledge).
"Women and Gender: Useful Categories of Analysis in Environmental History," Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, Andrew Isenberg, ed., (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 600-643.
Co-authored with Marie Bolton, "Hope and Disappointment: San Francisco
Housing Reconstruction after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire" in Sophie
Vallas, ed., San Francisco: 'A L'ouest D'Eden (Presses Universitaires de
Provence, 2012), 57-68.
“The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States : From Jook Joints to Sisterspace,” Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Biopolitics, and Desire, edited by Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson, University of Indiana Press, 2010, pp. 173-198.
With Marie Bolton, “ Rivers of Republic, Rivers of Empire: The Transformation of a Young Soldier, 1892-1893,” Mickaél Augeron and Robert DuPlessis eds., Fleuves, Rivières et Colonies. La France et ses Empires (XVIIe-Xxe siècle). Waterways and Colonies. France and its Empires (17th-20th centuries), Paris: Les Indes Savantes, 2010, pp. 340-50.
"Teaching 'Straight' Gay and Lesbian History," In Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from the Journal of American History, 2001-2007. Edited by Gary J. Kornbluth and Carol Lasser. Bedford/ St. Martins, 2009, pp. 247-55.
"Gendered Approaches to Environmental Justice: An Historical Sampling," In Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Justice. Edited by Sylvia Washington. Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006, pp. 17-34.
"'When Women Condemn the Whole Race': Belle Case La Follette Attacks the Color Line." In Women in Print, edited by James P. Danky and Wayne Wiegand. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, pp. 281-296.
"The Two Worlds of Belle Case LaFollette." In Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millenium, edited by Genevieve McBride, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005, pp. 282-89. (Anthologized 1999-2000 peer-reviewed article)
With Marie Bolton. "The Case for Cautious Optimism: California Environmental Propositions in the Late Twentieth Century." In La Californie: Periphere ou Laboratoire?, edited by Annick Foucrier and Aontine Coppolani, Paris: L'Harmaltan, 2004, pp. 81-102.
"Women, Sexuality, and Environmental Justice in American History." In New Perspectives on environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, edited by Rachel Stein. Rutgers University Press, 2004, pp. 45-60.
With J. Michael Butler. "The Victims." In The Holocaust: History in Dispute, St. James Press/The Gale Group, 2003, pp. 242-51.
With Marie Bolton. "Pollution, Refineries, and People: Environmental Justice in Contra Costa County, California, 1980." In The Modern Demon: Pollution in Urban and Industrial Societies. France: University of Clermont Press, 2002, pp. 425-37.
“La Follette’s Autobiography: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Glorious,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10, no. 3 (July 2011): 354-61.
With Marie Bolton, “Housing Reconstruction After the Catastrophe: The Failed Promise of San Francisco’s 1906 ‘Earthquake Cottages,’” Annales de Demographie Historique no. 2 (2010): 217-40.
"Women for a Peaceful Christmas: Wisconsin Homemakers Seek to Remake American Culture,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 93, no. 2 (Winter 2009-2010): 2-15. (access this article online)
"The Role of Gender In Environmental History," Environmental Justice. I, no. 3 (September 2008): 115-120.
"Teaching 'Straight' Gay and Lesbian History." Journal of American History 93 (March 2007): 1192-99. [Electronic Journal, access the article online.]
"The We Say What We Think Club: Rural Wisconsin Women and the Development of Environmental Ethics," Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol. 90, No. 1 (Autumn, 2006): 16-27. (Cover feature) Honorable mention, 2006 Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History. (access this article online)
Guest co-editor (with Bob Lentz), special issue of Clio's Psyche: "The Voice/Personal Experience and Psychology of Women at Work and in Modern Life." Contributions include the articles "Women in Society: Changes and Challenges" and "The Beauty Myth: Young Women and the Culture of Appearance." March 2005.
"How did Belle La Follette Resist Racial Segregation in Washington D.C.,1913-1914?" Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-2000. Edited by Kathryn Sklar and Thomas Dublin. New York: Alexander Street Press, 2004. [Electronic journal at http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm/index.html
"'I Went to Learn,' Meanings of the European Tour of Senator Robert M. La Follette, 1923." Mid-America Vol. 84, no. 1-3, Winter/summer/fall 2002: 5-25.
"The Two Worlds of Belle La Follette." Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol. 83, no. 2, (Winter 1999-2000): 82-110. (Cover feature) (access this article online)
"The Burden of a Great Name: Robert M. La Follette, Jr." The Psychohistory Review Vol 23, no. 2 (Winter 1995): 167-91.
"The 'Political Suicide' of Robert M. La Follette: Public Disaster, Private Catharsis." The Psychohistory Review Vol 21, no. 2 (Winter 1993): 187-220.
U.S. Progressive Era/The Making of Modern America
Presentations Available Online
Université d’Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco