Alice Kessler-Harris specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. She has published numerous works, including Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview (Feminist Press, 1981), Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (Oxford University Press, 1982), and A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences (Kentucky, 1990). Her newest book is In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2001). She is under contract to write “Gender and Culture: Re-Viewing the Historical Paradigm for the University of North Carolina Press.”
Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University and a member of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. At Radcliffe she will work on a project titled “Refracting the Lens of History: American Culture and the Gendered Prism.”
Kessler-Harris has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She earned a PhD in history at Rutgers University.