Linda K. Kerber

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Linda K. Kerber
Born (1940-01-23) January 23, 1940 (age 80)
Other namesLinda Kaufman Kerber
Spouse(s)Richard Kerber (m. c. 1960)
Academic background
Alma mater
Doctoral advisorRichard Hofstadter
Academic work
School or traditionFeminism
InstitutionsUniversity of Iowa

Linda Kaufman Kerber (born January 23, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American feminist intellectual historian and educator who specializes in the history and development of the democratic mind in America, and the intellectual history of women in America.


The daughter of Harry Hagman and Dorothy Haber Kaufman, Kerber received a BA from Barnard College (1960), an MA from New York University (1961), and her PhD from Columbia University (1968). She married her high school sweetheart Richard Kerber, a medical student.


Kerber has been at the University of Iowa since 1971, and is currently the May Brodbeck Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and also lecturer in the College of Law. She served as the president of the American Studies Association in 1988, the Organization of American Historians in 1996–97, and the American Historical Association in 2006. She was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford University in 2006–2007, delivering the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Memorial Lecture at Oxford on November 16, 2006.[2]

She has received fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities three times, the National Humanities Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.[3] Kerber serves on the advisory board of the feminist academic journal Signs.[4]


  • Federalists in Dissent: Imagery and Ideology in Jeffersonian America (Cornell University Press, 1970, pbk reprint, 1980) read online
  • Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (University of North Carolina Press for Institute for Early American History and Culture, 1980, and later paperback reprints) read online
  • Women's America: Refocusing the Past (with Jane Sherron De Hart) (Oxford University Press, 1995; 6th ed. 2004) read online
  • U.S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays (University of Carolina Press, 1995) (with Alice Kessler-Harris and Kathryn Kish Sklar) read online
  • Toward an Intellectual History of Women: Essays by Linda K. Kerber (University of North Carolina Press, 1997) read online
  • No Constitutional Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (New York: Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998 and pbk reprint) read online Received two prizes from the American Historical Association: the Littleton-Griswold Prize [5] for the best book in U.S. legal history, and the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize [6] for the best book in women's history.


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  2. ^ Kerber, Linda K. "The Stateless as the Citizen's Other: A View from the United States". American Historical Association. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  3. ^ Linda K. Kerber, Department of History, Iowa University Archived 2009-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Masthead". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Kathryn Kish Sklar
Harmsworth Professor of American History
Succeeded by
Lizabeth Cohen
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Lois Banner
President of the American Studies Association
Succeeded by
Allen F. Davis
Preceded by
Michael Kammen
President of the
Organization of American Historians

Succeeded by
George M. Fredrickson
Preceded by
James J. Sheehan
President of the
American Historical Association

Succeeded by
Barbara Weinstein