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Laura L. Lovett


 Laura Lovett Associate Professor

Office: Herter 635
Telephone: (413) 545-6778
Fax: (413) 545-6137
Personal web site

Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1998)
Field(s) of interest: Modern US, Women’s History, Cultural History

Graduate Courses Offered:
History of Childhood and Youth
U.S. Women & Gender

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Professor Lovett specializes in twentieth century U.S. women's history with special interests in the histories of childhood, youth movements, and the family.  She explores generational dialogues concerning gender roles and the place of children in the women's movement in a new collection of history written for the public, When We Were Free To Be:  Looking Back at a Children?s Classic and the Difference It Made, co-edited with Lori Rotskoff and published by the University of North Carolina Press in November 2012. Her first book revealed the unacknowledged legacy of eugenics in a range of reforms regarding populism, irrigation, conservation, and housing, which indirectly or directly promoted selective reproduction.  Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction and the Family in the United States, 1890-1930, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007.  She is currently researching the intersection of eugenics and housing reform and their resulting influence on discriminatory housing policies in the United States and Europe.  From 2008 to 2011, she was the Director of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center. She is also a founding co-editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. For inquiries regarding submissions, please visit the Journal's website,

Courses Taught Recently
Graduate Courses
Topics in U. S. Women's and Gender History
Seminar in U.S. Women's and Gender History
History of Childhood and Youth

Undergraduate Courses
History 151: Development of American Civilization Since 1876 (offered Spring 2004)
History 200: New Approaches to the Study of History - The Scopes Trial (offered Fall 2007)
History 388: US Women's History to 1890 (offered Fall 2003)
History 389: US Women's History Since 1890 (offered Spring 2008)
History 393S: Topics in the History of Sexuality in the U.S. (offered Spring 2004)
History 397F: Ideas of Normalcy in the United States (offered Fall 2005)
History 397U: History of Youth in America, 1865-Present (offered Spring 2007)
History 594F: U.S. Immigrant Women (offered Fall 2006)