• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
Barbara McGowan

Barbara McGowan

Professor of History Emerita, Delmar D. Wensink Professor of Political Economy

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Office: East 311

Basic Information


  • B.A. in history and philosophy, The Catholic University of America
  • M.A. in American culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D. in American culture and history, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101  Introduction to the Study of History
  • HIST 242  The United States, 1877-1980
  • HIST 370  Topics in American Social and Cultural History: Film
  • HIST 371  American Lives: Biographical and Autobiographical Approaches
  • WGS 200  Women in American History
  • WGS 300  Advanced Topics: Gender and Film

Awards & Honors

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • ACM grant for mentoring Post Doctoral Fellow
  • ACM grant for Revising Introductory Courses
  • Mentor for McNair Fellow
  • Severy Teaching Awards
  • Wisconsin Council for Humanities Grants for Local Programs


  • Article on “Beauty in American Culture” for “Facts on File,” 2007
  • Article on “New England Girlhood” for Encyclopedia of New England History, 2005
  • Review of “Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture” in “The Historian,” fall 2000
  • Entries on “The Feminine Mystique, Women in the Modern World,” “George Gilder and Sexual Suicide” in the “Handbook of American Women’s History,” Sage Publications, 2000
  • Reviewed letters of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for “History Teacher”
  • Reviewed biograpy of Lou Hoover for “Annals of Iowa History”
  • Source for political stories in South Bend Tribune, Raleigh News-Observer, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Areas of Interest

  • Modern American History
  • Gender Studies
  • Film and History