Associate Professor

westkaem@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University

Fields and specialties

U.S. history, women’s and gender history, cultural history

Teaching areas

U.S. history; women’s history; historical research methods; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies

Research interests

Gender and consumer culture, working women’s activism, popular memory, twentieth-century feminisms, history of advertising

Selected publications

Selling Women's History: Packaging Feminism in Twentieth-Century American Popular Culture (New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press, 2017).

“Home Economics,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie G. Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) 2: 474–77.

Editorial Assistant, The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, volume IV: When Clowns Make Laws for Queens, 1880 to 1887, ed. Ann D. Gordon (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Selected presentations

“The Career Woman as Consumer: Charm Magazine in the 1950s,” Business History Conference, April 7, 2018.


‘‘‘Not for a Little Cold Cream Editor to Write’: Editorial Boundaries between the Serious and the Trivial in Mademoiselle, 1945–1963,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, May 24, 2014.


“Gallant American Women on the Airwaves: Telling Women’s Histories in the 1930s,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 3, 2013.


“Adwomen and Feminism: Networking and Mentorship in Advertising Women’s Clubs, 1939–1970,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 6, 2012.


Selected fellowships and grants

Smith College Travel-to-Collections Grant for archival research on book project, “Career Women: Image and Reality in U.S. Popular Culture, 1940–2000,” 2018

JMU Provost’s Faculty Diversity Curriculum Development Grant for “Women at Work in U.S. History” course, 2018

James Madison University College of Arts and Letters Faculty Summer Research Grants, 2018 and 2012

Madison Caucus for Gender Equality Professional Development Fund Grants, 2018 and 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar participant, “Gender, the State, and the 1977 International Women’s Year Conference,” Houston, TX, 2017

Summer Research Grant, Office of the Provost, James Madison University, 2016

Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, James Madison University, 2011

Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History, 2008

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2007–2008

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, 2006–2007

Smith College Travel-to-Collections Grant, 2006–2007

University of Wyoming American Heritage Center Travel Grant, 2006

Hagley Museum and Library Grant-in-Aid, 2006

Selected service activities

JMU Faculty Senate (Committee on Academic Policies Chair, 2018–2019)

Cohen Center for the Humanities Advisory Board, 2017–2019

Lifelong Learning Institute instructor, 2017

 

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