Sarah H Gordon
AB, Smith College; MA, PhD, The University of Chicago
I was born in Philadelphia, Pa, and raised in North Haven, CT. I have three advanced degrees in history: an A.B. from Smith College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. I have also studied historical demography at Cambridge University, spent a year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In summer 2007 I received a grant from the University of Glasgow's Centre for Business History and worked in their archives collections pertaining to shipbuilding in Scotland. I live in Hamden, CT.
I did freelance research and writing for senior historians during graduate school. I then became the historical archivist of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, where I wrote and edited a centennial history of the institution. I also wrote a history of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Chicago, and served as a writer at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. For the past 19 years I have taught history at Quinnipiac University, and from 1989 until 2002 taught history at the Yeshiva of New Haven and for several years at the University of New Haven.
I am working on an article about Alexander Stephen & Sons Shipbuilders of Scotland, with a view to a future article on the North Atlantic trade routes. This summer I completed an outline of the textbook Through Women's Eyes, by Ellen DuBois and Lynn Dumenil for purposes of an online educational supplement.
Honors & Awards
I have been in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who of American Women for more than ten years. I also received the Choice award and appeared on Brian Lamb's Booknotes for my book Passage to Union, published in 1996. In 2007 I received a grant from the Centre for Business History at Glasgow University to study Scottish shipbuilding
Community / Practive Activities
I most recently spent five years taking courses and serving with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Work In Progress
A continuing study of families, ships and the economy is under way. It is also being used to inform a lifelong study of women and portable goods, including the vital roles they have both had in trade and culture, whether confined to the home, or on the road.
I teach Women's History in two courses each year: colonial history through the 19th century in the Fall Term, and 20th women's history in the Spring Term. I also teach both parts of the introductory course in American History, and an occasional special topics course