Katherine Turk is an associate professor of history and an adjunct associate professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During her year at Radcliffe, Turk is working on her book manuscript, titled “Claiming NOW: A History of the National Organization for Women.” Drawing from oral history interviews and deep archival research at the Schlesinger Library and around the country, “Claiming NOW” will offer the first comprehensive account of the National Organization for Women, the largest feminist membership organization in American history.
Turk’s research has been supported by the American Society for Legal History, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Her first book, Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), was awarded the 2017 Mary Nickliss Prize in US Women’s and/or Gender History by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Her dissertation won the OAH’s Lerner-Scott Prize for US women’s history. Turk received her doctorate in history, with distinction, from the University of Chicago in 2011. In 2011–2012, she was a Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.