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Linda K Kerber

Name  Linda Kerber
Role  Historian

Linda K. Kerber httpswwwhistoriansorgImagesPeopleKerberjpg
Education  Columbia University (1968)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Books  Women's America, Women of the Republic, No constitutional right to be, Toward an intellectual history of, Federalists in dissent
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Academic advisor  Richard Hofstadter

Linda Kaufman Kerber (born January 23, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American feminist intellectual historian and educator who specializes in the history and development of the democratic mind in America, and the intellectual history of women in America.


The daughter of Harry Hagman and Dorothy Haber Kaufman, Kerber received a B.A. from Barnard College (1960), an M.A. from New York University (1961), and her Ph.D. from Columbia University (1968). She married her high school sweetheart Richard Kerber, a medical student.


Kerber has been at the University of Iowa since 1971, and is currently the May Brodbeck Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and also lecturer in the College of Law. She served as the president of the American Studies Association in 1988, the Organization of American Historians in 1996–97, and the American Historical Association in 2006. She was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford University in 2006-2007, delivering the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Memorial Lecture at Oxford on November 16, 2006.

She has received fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities three times, the National Humanities Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesand a Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. Kerber serves on the advisory board of the feminist academic journal Signs.


  • Federalists in Dissent: Imagery and Ideology in Jeffersonian America (Cornell University Press, 1970) read online
  • Women's America: Refocusing the Past (with Jane Sherron De Hart) (Oxford University Press, 1995; 6th ed. 2004) read online
  • U.S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays (University of Carolina Press, 1995) (with Alice Kessler-Harris and Kathryn Kish Sklar) read online
  • Toward an Intellectual History of Women: Essays by Linda K. Kerber (University of North Carolina Press, 1997) read online
  • Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (University of Carolina Press, 1997) read online
  • No Constitutional Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (New York: Macmillan, 1998) read online Received two prizes from the American Historical Association: the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in U.S. legal history, and the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for the best book in women's history.
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    Linda K. Kerber Wikipedia

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