Jocelyn Olcott, Professor of History and Director of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Jocelyn Olcott
Office Location:  114A East Duke, Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
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Labor and Working Class History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Global Transnational History
Latin America and the Caribbean
Global and Comparative
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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.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Olcott, J. Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico. Duke University Press, 2005. [ViewProduct.php]  [abs]
  2. Olcott, J; Vaughan, MK; Cano, G. Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico. Duke University Press, 2006. [ViewProduct.php]
  3. Olcott, J. "Empires of information: Media strategies for the 1975 international women's year." Journal of Women'S History 24:4 (December, 2012): 24-48. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Olcott, J. "Introduction: Researching and rethinking the labors of love." The Hispanic American Historical Review 91:1 (February, 2011): 1-27. [doi]
  5. Olcott, J. "A happier marriage? Feminist history takes the transnational turn." Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives. Edited by Nadell, P; Haulman, K. December, 2013: 237-258.
  6. Olcott, J. "Cold War Conflicts and Cheap Cabaret: Sexual Politics at the 1975 United Nations International Women's Year Conference." Gender & History 22:3 (November, 2010): 733-754. [doi]  [abs]
  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 21:3 (Fall, 2009): 36-59. [repository], [doi]  [abs]