Nancy Woloch

Research Scholar




Nancy Woloch specializes in US women’s history, legal history, and history of education. She is especially focused on the late 19th and early 20th centuries; her interests include labor and literature.  She is the author of Women and the American Experience (5th ed., 2011), Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600-1900 (3rd ed., 2013), and Muller v. Oregon: A Brief History with Documents (1996).  Her recent book, A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s (2015), won the Philip Taft Labor History Prize (Cornell), the William G. Bowen Prize for the outstanding book on labor and public policy (Princeton), and honorary mention for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in legal history/biography. Her document collection on the minimum wage, 1923-1938, appears in Women and Social Movements in the United States, vol. 21 (March 2017). Her latest book is Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words (2017).

Nancy is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Columbia University (MA), and Indiana University (Ph.D). Her awards include two fellowships from the National Foundation for the Humanities. She is currently a member of the Women’s History Advisory Committee at the New York Historical Society, a lecturer on historiography and historical methods in the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History (2017), and a Research Scholar in the History department, Barnard College, Columbia University.  She is working on a study of educator Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve, dean of Barnard College, 1911-1947.

  • B.A., Wellesley College
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Indiana University

  • American Women in the 1920's
  • Education in American History
  • Progressive Women, 1890-1920

In The News

Woloch's edited collection compiles Roosevelt's writing, speeches, and letters, which speak directly to the challenges we face today.

October 12, 2017

Professor Woloch’s received the William G. Bowen award  for her book, A Class by Herself.

May 4, 2016

A Class by Herself, a new book by Nancy Woloch, adjunct history professor at Barnard, delves into the history of protective laws for women workers.

June 3, 2015