I look forward to teaching at St. Petersburg State University for spring semester, 2005. I have taught U.S. and women's history at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) for nine years. Prior to teaching, I worked for 20 years in higher education development and publications. It was during these years that I first became interested in the role of philanthropy and the voluntary sector in the United States. I completed my Ph.D. in American Studies in 1994, focusing on the history of the nonprofit sector. My research about the Woman's Exchange movement of the 19th century, one of the country's oldest national voluntary movements, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1998. It is entitled The Business of Charity: The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832-1900. I write frequently for newspapers and journals about 19th century history, particularly women's philanthropy and voluntarism.
I am currently finishing a biography of philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Garrett of Baltimore. In 1892, she started the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The terms of her gift required that it be coeducational and graduate-level, with an emphasis on scientific research. Her philanthropy revolutionized the training and practice of American medicine. She funded many other organizations, as well.
In St. Petersburg, I will teach a history course that examines the development and impact of voluntary organizations and philanthropy in American culture.
When not poring over student papers or tending to classes, I can usually be found quilting, traveling, or going on archeological digs, particularly in the American Southwest.
My husband of 32 years, John, retired from the State Department in 2001 and is now a consultant and artist. We have a 27-year-old daughter, Libby, who is a journalist in Chicago. Both plan to visit St. Petersburg-after the spring thaw!
I can be reached at email@example.com