History | Gender and Politics in U.S. History
A300 | 14355 | Rowley
Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MA's
This course will serve as a broad introduction to the ways that
gender has functioned in politics throughout American history—both
consciously and not—beginning with the American Revolution and
continuing into the 21st century. Gender is intimately a part of all
of the developments within the general narrative of U.S. history—
many of which we usually consider gender-neutral. This course treats
not only issues concerning women, but many other topics that have a
gendered component to them, regardless of the sex of the principle
actors and/or subjects. Central questions that we will ask
throughout this course are:
• How has “the political” been defined in various contexts? How have
strategies of people challenging or reinforcing dominant power
relations been influenced by differing conceptions of politics?
• How has citizenship been a gendered status? When and where have
its gendered components become apparent?
• Through what institutions has the state helped shape the gender
• In what ways has gender worked within political movements, in
terms of organizational structure, ideology, goals, and strategy?