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Caroline Waldron

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History


Email: Caroline Waldron
Phone: 937-229-2504
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


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


Dr. Caroline Waldron is Associate Professor of History. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in History, with field concentrations in Comparative Labor, U.S. and African History. She has held postdoctoral positions at Cornell University's School of Labor and Industrial Relations as well as the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke.

Her recent scholarship and teaching focused on the intersections of  transnationalism, feminism, and immigration history. She is currently researching for a project on gender and antifascist networks through the Italian diaspora. (See her publications: "‘O Mother Race’: Race, Italian Colonialism and the Fight to Keep Ethiopia Independent”  and “Naming Rape: Historicizing Women’s Human Rights Activism and Agency in the Italo-Ethiopian War” (in Engendering Transnational Transgressions, 2020).

Dr. Waldron was named as the inaugural Special Advisor to the Provost on Gender and Equity for the Academic Year 2015-16 and is now serving as UD's School of Engineering Equity Advisor. Her professional service extends outside the University of Dayton: Dr. Waldron is the Vice President for Networks at H-Net, an international interdisciplinary organization of the humanities and social sciences, built to engage academic digital resources in teaching and research.  She is also co-book review editor with Dr. Evelyn Ferraro (University of Santa Clara) of Altreitalie. International Journal of studies on Italian migrations in the world

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."

Research interests

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

Selected publications

“Naming Rape: Historicizing Women’s Human Rights Activism and Agency in the Italo-Ethiopian War,” in Engendering Transnational Transgressions: From the Intimate to the Global, Eileen Borris, Sandra Dawson, and Barbara Molony, eds. (London: Taylor and Francis Imprint, Routledge), ebook, 2020, Print, 2021)

“'O Mother Race': Race, Italian Colonialism and the Fight to Keep Ethiopia Independent, Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict, 4 (February 2018),

"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).

"'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.