Department of History

Laura L. Lovett

  • Visiting Associate Professor

Fields

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

Teaching

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
(Chapel 
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
(Chapel 
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.