Linda K. Kerber explores the history of citizenship, gender, and authority. She is the author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (1998), which the American Historical Association awarded the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in US legal history and the Joan Kelley Prize for the best book in women’s history. Her other books include Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997) and Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (1980). She is coeditor of U.S. History As Women’s History: New Feminist Essays and of the popular anthology Women’s America: Refocusing the Past (fifth edition, 2000; Japanese edition, 2001-2002).
At Radcliffe, Kerber plans to write “Through Women’s Eyes: An Alternative American History” from the perspective of women’s experience, emphasizing the legal and constitutional dimensions of citizenship.
Kerber is the May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, professor of history, and lecturer in the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She received her AB from Barnard College and PhD in history from Columbia University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Society of American Historians, the American Antiquarian Society, and the PEN/American Center. She has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and a resident scholar of the Rockefeller center at Bellagio in Italy. In 1999, she received the Radcliffe Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Fields Relating to Women, Gender, and Society.