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

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

Teaching (Fall 2015):

Teaching (Spring 2016):


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

Current Ph.D. Students  

Representative 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
  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]