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Felicia Kornbluh, Assistant Professor

Please note: Felicia has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  232 Carr Bldg
Office Phone:  919 668 1695
Email Address: send me a message


PhDPrinceton University2000
MAPrinceton University1994
BAHarvard-Radcliffe College University1989

Research Interests:

Dr. Kornbluh teaches courses on Women and Gender In The U.S. Since 1890, on Welfare And Public Policy In The U.S. And Other Societies, and on the Law And Society In America. Her articles on Women And The Welfare State, On Social Protest And Racial Politics Since 1965, have been published in the journals Feminist Studies, Signs, Social Policy, Radical History Review, and Black Labor History. Her current work focuses on "A Right to Welfare? Poor Women, Professionals, and Poverty Programs, 1935-1975"; a portion of that work is included in Women's America (edited by Linda Kerber and Jane DeHart). She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for research in Women's Studies, from the American Bar Association for research in law and social science, and from the New Your University Law School for research in legal history.

Recent Publications

  1. Black Buying Power: Welfare Rights, Consumerism, and Northern Protest, in Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980, edited by Matthew Countryman, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard (February, 2003), St. Martin's Press
  2. Welfare Mothers: 'Maternalism,' 'Black Feminism,' and Welfare Rights, Journal of Women's History (2003) (currently in revision stage.)
  3. A Human Right to Welfare? Social Protest Among Women Welfare Recipients After World War II, in Women's America, 5th edition, edited by Linda K. Kerber and Jane DeHart (forthcoming 2003) (Also published in Women's America 4th ed., 2000, pp. 523-531. My article was the first ever published in this important textbook by a scholar who had not yet received her Ph.D.)
  4. Leila Rupp, Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women's Movement, Signs (Winter, 2001), pp. 606-609
  5. Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Nancy Naples, Signs (Winter, 2001), pp. 606-609

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