Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty Database
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Office of the Provost
Duke University

 HOME > Provost > clacs > Faculty    Search Help Login pdf version printable version 

Jocelyn H. Olcott, Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Professor of History and International Comparative Studies

Jocelyn H. Olcott
Contact Info:
Office Location:  315 Carr Bldg., Box 90719
Office Phone:  (919) 668-5298
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    Carr 103, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 327.01, LATAMER 230.01)
    Carr 229, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Teaching (Spring 2016):

    West Duke 108A, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Ph.D.Yale University2000
M.A.Yale University1996
ABPrinceton University1992
B.A.Princeton University1992

Labor and Working Class History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Global Transnational History
Latin America and the Caribbean
Global and Comparative
Research Interests:

Current projects: UN International Women's Year, Concha Michel, Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Mexico

I work on feminist history of modern Mexico. My first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s. I am currently working on two book-length projects: a history of the 1975 UN International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City (under contract with Oxford University Press), and a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel. I am also developing a long-term project on the labor, political, and conceptual history of motherhood in twentieth-century Mexico.


Mexico • gender • feminism • labor • United Nations • transnational history

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Robert Franco  
  • Jessica Malitoris  
  • Yuridia Ramirez  
  • Paola Reyes  
  • Corinna Zeltsman  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Jocelyn Olcott, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico (2005), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php]  [abs]
  2. Jocelyn Olcott, Mary Kay Vaughan, and Gabriela Cano. eds., Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico (2006), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php]
  3. Jocelyn Olcott, Empires of Information: Media Strategies for 1975 International Women’s Year, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 24 no. 4 (2012)
  4. Jocelyn Olcott, “Introduction: Research and Rethinking the Labors of Love", Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 91 no. 1 (2011)  [author's comments]
  5. Jocelyn Olcott, Transnational Feminism: Event, Temporality, and Performance at the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference, in Cultures in Motion, edited by Daniel T. Rodgers (2013), Princeton University Press
  6. Jocelyn Olcott, “A Happier Marriage?: Feminist History Takes the Transnational Turn”, in Engendering Women's Histories: A Global Perspective, edited by Pamela Nadell and Katherine Haulman (2012), New York University Press
  7. Jocelyn Olcott, “Cold War Conflicts and Cheap Cabaret: Performing Politics at the 1975 United Nations International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City”, Gender and History, vol. 22 no. 3 (November, 2010), pp. 733-754
  8. Jocelyn Olcott, “‘Take Off That Streetwalker’s Dress’: Concha Michel and the Cultural Politics of Gender in Postrevolutionary Mexico”, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 21 no. 3 (Fall, 2009), pp. 36-59 [PDF]
  9. Jocelyn Olcott, “The Battle within the Home: Development Strategies and the Commodification of Caring Labors at the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference”, in Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History, edited by Leon Fink, et al. (2011), Oxford University Press [available here]
  10. Jocelyn Olcott, "Mueras y Mantanzas: Spectacles of Terror and Violence in Postrevolutionary Mexico", in A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War, edited by Greg Grandin and Gilbert M. Joseph, eds. (2010), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php]
  11. Jocelyn Olcott, “Globalizing Sisterhood: International Women’s Year and the Limits of Identity Politics”, in Shock of the Global, edited by Niall Ferguson, Charles Maier, Erez Manela, and Daniel Sargent (2010), Harvard University Press [catalog.php]
  12. Jocelyn Olcott, “The Politics of Opportunity: Mexican Populism under Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría”, in Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics, edited by Karen Kampwirth (2010), Pennsylvania State University Press [html]

Duke University * Faculty * Staff * Reload * Login