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Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Jocelyn Olcott

Jocelyn Olcott is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Mexico. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Spring 2017).  Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press.  The book follows Michel's life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought — from late-nineteenth-century liberalism to revolutionary nationalism, populism, modernization theory, dependency theory, and neoliberalism.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  201 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-5298
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

By appointment.
Education:

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

Gender
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.

Keywords:

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

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

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Olcott, J, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico (2005), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php]  [abs]
  2. Olcott, J; Vaughan, MK; Cano, G, Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico (2006), Duke University Press [ViewProduct.php]
  3. Olcott, J, Empires of Information: Media Strategies for 1975 International Women’s Year, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 24 no. 4 (2012)
  4. Olcott, J, Introduction: Research and Rethinking the Labors of Love, Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 91 no. 1 (2011)  [author's comments]
  5. Olcott, J, A happier marriage? Feminist history takes the transnational turn, in Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives, edited by Nadell, P; Haulman, K (2012), pp. 237-258, New York University Press, ISBN 0814758908
  6. Olcott, J, 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
  7. Olcott, J, ‘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 [repository]

For matters relating the History Department or my position as Director of Undergraduate Studies, please contact me via e-mail at historydus@duke.edu


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