As a historian, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies at Smith College, investigates the conflict in American culture over questions of sexual representation in America. Horowitz’s most recent publications include “Victoria Woodhull, Anthony Comstock, and Conflict over Sex in the United States in the 1870s” (Journal of American History, September 2000), The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas (Knopf, 1994; University of Illinois Press, 1999), Landscape in Sight: J.B. Jackson’s America, edited with introductions (Yale University Press, 1997), and Love Across the Color Line, edited with Kathy Peiss (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996).
During her 2000–2001 fellowship year, Horowitz will work the book “Cultural War: Sexual Representation and Censorship.” She plans to explore the battle over sexual representation in the United States that began in the late 1820s and culminated in the 1870s.
Horowitz received a 1999 Mellon Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ripon College in 1999, the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 1996, and a Spencer Foundation Grant in 1992. She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1996. She earned her PhD in American civilization from Harvard University.