University of Pittsburgh


Jessie B. Ramey

Jessie B. Ramey photo

ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Women’s Studies and History
PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (2009)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3518 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



U.S. History; women's history; social policy; gender, race, and class


Women and Social Movements in the U.S.
Race, Class and Gender: Women and Work
Gender, Race, and Popular Culture
Modern Women on the Move

Selected Publications

Childcare in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages Working Class in American History Series (University of Illinois Press, 2012).

“‘I Dream of Them Almost Every Night’: Working Class Fathers and Orphanages in Pittsburgh, 1878-1929,” Journal of Family History, Vol. 37, No. 1 (January 2012): 36-54.

“The Bloody Blonde and the Marble Woman: Gender and Power in the Case of Ruth Snyder,” Journal of Social History, vol. 37, no. 3 (spring 2004): 625-650.

Regularly publish on public education research and policy at Yinzercation; many articles re-published in the national media (including The Huffington Post and and on national sites such as education historian, the Horace Mann League, and others.


Invited twice to White House briefings and meetings with President Obama’s senior policy advisors, 2012.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow, 2011.

Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians (OAH), 2010.

Herbert G. Gutman Prize of the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), 2010.

John Heinz Award of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), 2010.

Gerda Lerner Award in Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College, 2002.

Phi Beta Kappa Recognition Award: for work as founding director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Undergraduate Research Office, 1998.

National Science Foundation Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Education (RAIRE): half million dollar award recognizing Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate research program, 1997.


“Saving the Public Good: Urban Youth Advocacy and the Fight for Public Education” in Children and Youth Services Review. Special edition of the journal, edited by Janet L. Finn, Forthcoming 2013.

“For the Common Good: Public Education and the History of Privatization.” Book project.

“Women and Child Welfare Organizations in Turn-of-the-Century Pittsburgh.” Article solicited by Western Pennsylvania History journal.

“Indentured Child Labor: Working Families and the Transition to Foster Care.” Article in preparation for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.