Department of History

Laura L. Lovett

  • Associate Professor


Modern America
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Children and Youth
Public History


Global Histories of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Women’s History
Global History of Childhood and Youth

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Representative Publications

Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the 
United States, 1890-1930. Gender and American Culture Series
Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett, Editors. When We Were Free to Be: 
Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made
Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Sex in Global History: Modern Sources and Perspectives. Laura L. Lovett, 
Editor (San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishing, 2018).

Laura L. Lovett and Rachel Jessica Daniel, Editors,“It’s Our Movement 
Now”: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference 
(Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, In review).

“Fitter Families for Future Firesides: Florence Sherbon and Popular 
Eugenics,” The Public Historian 29:3 (2007) 69-85.

“The Popeye Principle: Selling Child Health in the First Nutrition 
Crisis,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 30 (2005) 803-838.

Research Interests

Professor Lovett is currently writing a biography of the African American activist, Dorothy Pittman Hughes.  "With Her Fist Raised" contextualizes Hughes’ life within cross-cutting histories of children, race, women, social movements, and urban politics.  The result is a biographical narrative that offers a history of the women’s movement with children, race, and welfare rights at its core, and a history of women’s politics grounded in community organizing.