Sarah H Gordon

Part-Time Faculty

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.

Work Experience

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.

Selected Publications

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.

Courses Taught

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

Curriculum Vitae