Caroline Merithew

Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: History

Profile

Dr. Merithew is an associate professor of history. She is currently on sabbatical as a Research Fellow at the Five Colleges' Women's Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke. She is a social historian with fields of specialization in immigration, labor, and women's history. Before appointment at the University of Dayton, Dr. Merithew was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Faculty Perspective

One of the main motivations behind my research is to understand how groups from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and with distinct class and gender identities, interact, connect, and create community with one another. As a member of the University of Dayton, I commit myself to patterning my work on this principal of interaction and community building to foster a dialogue, which moves back and forth, between students and faculty on campus and to others beyond UD.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  • Social history (history from the "bottom-up") of immigrants, workers, and women
  • Transnationalism
  • Feminism

Selected Publications

"Catherine Bianco DeRorre: A Second Generation Transnational and the Problem of Memory," Journal of Women's History 21 (Winter 2009).

"Domesticating the Diaspora: Memory and the Life of Sister Katie," in Intimate Lives, National Identities, Donna Gabaccia and Loretta Baldassar, ed., (New York: Fordham University Press) forthcoming.

"'We Were Not Ladies': Gender, Class, and a Women's Auxiliary's Battle for Mining Unionism," Journal of Women's History 18 (June 2006): 63-94.

"A World to Gain:" Multiethnic Communities and the Creation of Hybrid American Culture (Book Ms.)

"Making the Italian Other" in Are Italians White? Routledge, 2003.

"Anarchist Motherhood," in Women, Gender, and Transnational Lives, University of Toronto Press, 2002.

"Lynch-law Must Go!" in the Journal of American Ethnic History, 2000.