Cori Field has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History and the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia since 2007. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and age in the nineteenth-century United States. She is currently co-editing a volume on the historical significance of chronological age for New York University Press. Her monograph, The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America, will be published by University of North Carolina Press in 2014. Her next project explores the history of generational conflict within Anglo-American feminism from the 1870s to the 1930s, focusing in particular on the deep connections between age prejudice and racial prejudice in arguments for women’s empowerment.
She has recently been a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Field received her Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University in 2008 and her B.A. from Stanford in 1997. Before entering graduate school, she worked as a Production Assistant at WGBH TV in Boston. Cori is an alumni trustee at Phillips Academy Andover, where she has served on the Strategic Planning Task Force, and is on the Board of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.
FIELDS AND SPECIALTIES
U.S. gender and race; childhood and adulthood
Ph.D. Columbia University 2008
B.A. Stanford University 1987
The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America, forthcoming University of North Carolina Press, Gender and American Culture Series, 2014.
Co-editing with Nicholas Syrett, Chronological Age in American History, a collection of essays that will explore how age mattered in the development of citizenship, work, education, and culture. Under Contract at New York University Press.
“Frances E. W. Harper and the Politics of Intellectual Maturity,” in Black Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History, edited by Farah Griffin, Mia Bay, Martha Jones, and Barbara Savage. University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2015.
“‘Made Women of When They are Mere Children’: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Eighteenth-Century Girlhood,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Spring 2011): 197-222.
“‘Are Women . . . All Minors?’: Woman’s Rights and the Politics of Aging in the Antebellum United States,” Journal of Women’s History (Winter 2001): 113-137.
“Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Gendered Politics of Aging,” Iris: A Journal About Women (Spring 2001): 28-31.
Alison Parker, Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) in The Journal of the Civil War Era(forthcoming September 2012).
Cynthia Eller, Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011) in The Women’s Review of Books (forthcoming).
James Schmidt, Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010) in The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Spring 2012): 323-27.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Currently researching a monograph that will explore the history of generational conflict within Anglo-American feminism from the 1870s to the 1930s, focusing in particular on the deep connections between age prejudice and racial prejudice in arguments for women's empowerment.
University of Virginia, Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 2010-present
University of Virginia, Adjunct Faculty, Studies in Women and Gender, 2007-2009
Columbia University, Preceptor, Contemporary Civilization, 1996-1997
Coming of Age in America: A History of Youth
History of Women in America, 1600-1865
History of Women in America, 1865-Present
Gender and Race in US History
Women’s Rights in America From the Revolution to the Right to Vote
Feminism in America, 1910-Present
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Fellow in Residence, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, Spring 2010
Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Fall 2009
Finalist, 2009 Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize
Nominated by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the 2010 ACLS New Faculty Fellowship
Nominated by the Department of History, Columbia University, for the 2009 Bancroft Dissertation Prize
Letter of Teaching Recognition, The Lantern Society, University of Virginia, 2009
Radcliffe Dissertation Grant, Schlesinger Library, 1996-1997