Stacey Robertson

Oglesby Prof. of Amer. Heritage
Director of Women's Studies Program

Bradley Hall 336E
(309) 677-3538
smr@bradley.edu
http://www.staceymrobertson.com

Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., History, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Social History and Social Movements, Whittier College

Biography

Stacey Robertson is currently serving as the interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to serving as the department chair and teaching in the Department of History, Dr. Robertson has also directed the Women’s Studies program at Bradley. She is the recipient of many teaching awards and research fellowships and has lectured at more than one hundred different venues nationally and internationally. She recently appeared as an historical expert on the national television show Who Do You Think You Are? featuring actress Zooey Deschanel. She is also the co-director of the non-profit organization Historians Against Slavery. She has two sons, Evan and Isaac, and is married to Tom Thurston, the director of education at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance, at Yale University.

Teaching

  • HIS 300 The United States Since 1945
  • HIS 304 Women in American History
  • HIS 306 The United States Civil War Era
  • HIS 450 U.S. History Senior Research Seminar
  • WMS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WMS 400 Directed Research in Women’s Studies
  • Recipient of Bradley University’s annual Charles M. Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008
  • Recipient of Bradley University’s annual Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award in 2011

Scholarship

  • Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest. University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
  • Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan. Rowman and Littlefield, 2010, co-authored with Carol Lasser.
  • Parker Pillsbury: Radical Abolitionist, Male Feminist. Cornell University Press, 2000.
  • “’On the Side of Righteousness’: Women, the Church, and Abolition.” In Women, Dissent, & Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865, ed. Elizabeth J. Clapp and Julie Roy Jeffrey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • “’The Strength that Union Gives’: Western Women and Pragmatic Antislavery Politics,” American Nineteenth Century History 10 (September 2009): 299-315.
  • Recipient of research fellowships from: American Antiquarian Society, Oberlin College Archives, Bentley
  • Historical Library, Bradley University, and Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery Resistance, and Abolition.
  • Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality. New York: Westview Press, 2014.

Service

  • Director of the Women’s Studies Program
  • Co-director of the SHEAR-Mellon Seminar, a three-week summer program in Philadelphia for ten history majors from across the nation to learn the study of history by working in the archives and developing original research projects
  • Member of the editorial board of American Nineteenth Century History
  • Advisory Council, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2011-2014.
  • Program Chair, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, St. Louis, 2013.
  • Co-director of the non-profit organization Historians Against Slavery