TJ Boisseau

TJ Boisseau

Associate Professor // SIS // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Associate Professor // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // African-American Studies

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // American Studies

Affiliated Faculty // History

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TJ Boisseau is a historian of U.S. women, former director and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University where she also serves as the 2017-19 Amelia Earhart Faculty-in Residence.  Most recently, Dr. Boisseau served as a 2017 Fulbright Senior Scholar to the University of Iceland with a joint appointment teaching transnational feminist theory to fellows enrolled in the Gender Equality Studies Training Programme sponsored by the United Nations University and feminist film history for the Department of History and Philosophy.  In 2003-04, she served as Fulbright Senior Scholar in Germany, appointed in the Anglophone Studies Department at the University of Bayreuth.  

Dr. Boisseau received her PhD in U.S. women’s history from Binghamton University in New York, her M.A. in U.S. History from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and her B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Suffolk University in Boston. Her research explores women’s cultural interventions by way of a variety of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century popular mediums—including mass news media, travel literature, autobiography, popular film, and worlds’ fairs—for the contributions they have made to the historical formation of American feminism as a set of national and transnational ideas, practices, politics, and identities. 

Principle publications include a historical monograph, White Queen:  May French-Sheldon and the Origins of American Feminist Identity and articles and essays appearing in Meridians (forthcoming), Feminist Studies, Feminist Teacher, Women’s History Review, thirdspace, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Gender & History, Signs (1995), and in numerous edited collections. Her co-edited publications include Feminist Legal History, Gendering the Fair, and “New Orleans:  The Gender Politics of Place and Displacement”—a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal.  Her current book project, “Women with the World at their Feet,” examines women’s representation at and participation in American world’s fairs and expositions.


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