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Nancy Unger

Nancy C. Unger

Professor and Chair

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Office hours for Fall 2017: 
Mondays 1:30-2:30 pm and by appointment

Education

Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1985
M.A. University of Southern California, 1981
B.A. Gonzaga University, 1978

Courses

HIST 84 U.S. Women's History
HIST 101 Historical Writing
HIST 158 Turmoil and Reform, U.S. 1877-1920
HIST 177 Gay Men and Lesbians in American History
HIST 181 Women in American Society Since 1900
HIST 188S Seminar: The U.S. Progressive Era

 

Books

Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Routledge. 2016

Winner of the 2016 Wisconsin Historical Society Book of Merit Award

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Click here for 3 minute film about Belle La Follette

 

Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History. Oxford University Press, 2012.

California Book Award finalist

 

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.

Click here for a 2 minute sound film of La Follette giving a speech in 1924

 

 

A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Wiley-Blackwell), Co-edited with Christopher McKnight Nichols, 2017.

 

Top Five Book Chapters

  1. “Using the Constitution to Limit Revolutions in Morality: The Diggs-Caminetti Case of 1913,” On-Going Revolutions in the U.S. and Europe, Marie Bolton and Marie-Elisabeth Baudin, eds.,Paris: Librarie generale de dtroit et de jurisprudence, 2017.
  2. “The La Follettes,” in Modern American Political Dynasties: A Study of Power, Family and Political Influence, Kathleen Gronnerud and Scott Spitzer, eds., Praeger Press, expected 2018.
  3. “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.
  4. “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.
  5. "'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.

 

Top Five Journal Articles

“The Unexpected Belle La Follette,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 99, no. 2 (Winter 2015-2016): 16-27. (access this article online)
Wisconsin Magazine of History cover - Spring 2016

“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.

"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)

"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)

 

 

Top 5 Online Presentations

  1. C-SPAN: The Role of Gay Bars in American History
  2. Keynote: From Fire Island to Fab Planet, an LGBTQ Environmental History
  3. C-SPAN Gays and Lesbians in Early 20th Century America
  4. C-SPAN: Women's Rights Activist Belle La Follette
  5. The Last Lecture: Personal Reflections

 

Top Five Op-eds

  1. TIME Magazine: "The Revolutionary Role of the Gay Bar in American History"
  2. CNN.com: "When Helping Earth was Women's Work"
  3. "For Overcoming Homophobia, California's Fair Education Act is a Model"
  4. "Belle La Follette Fights Woodrow Wilson's Racism"
  5. RealClearPolitics: "The GOP’s Resilience is Time Tested"

 

Editorial Positions

2006-2013 Book Review editor: Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Board of Editors: Environmental Justice