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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
Email Address:  send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • History 188s.01, Gtwy: gender/political economy Synopsis
    White 106, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 188S.01, ICS 188S.01)
  • Gsf 590s.01, Topics in feminist studies Synopsis
    White 106, W 05:15 PM-07:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 590S.02, PUBPOL 590S.10)
Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • Gsf 590.01, Topics in feminist studies Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 216, W 05:15 PM-07:45 PM
  • History 890s-08.01, Rsch top in gender Synopsis
    Class bldg 229, M 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
Office Hours:

Schedule appointments here.

  • Ph.D. Yale University 2000
  • M.A. Yale University 1996
  • AB Princeton University 1992
  • B.A. Princeton University 1992


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.

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 1975 International Women’s Year." Journal of Women’S History 24:4 (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: Performing Politics at the 1975 United Nations International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City." Gender and 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]

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