Donald Critchlow, author of Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism and editor of the Journal of Policy History speaks at The New School.
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While women voters in the United States are more likely to call themselves liberals than are males, women have been and are active and important in American conservatism. What issues motivate women conservatives?
In his recent book, Critchlow examines the rise of the conservative movement in politics through the career of activist and political commentator Phyllis Schlafly. Whatever one's opinion about Schlafly's causes, she has played an important role in creating our contemporary political landscape, starting with the election of Ronald Reagan and continuing through the second term of George W. Bush- The New School
Baker received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where she studied U.S. political and women's history.
She is currently completing a history of campaign finance, The American Political Industry, which tells the story of party finance and organization from the beginning of mass political parties to 2004. Before coming to Columbus in 2002, Baker served as a Special Assistant and a contractor with the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She was previously an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She has written on women, gender, and politics, notably in The Moral Frameworks of Public Life (Oxford, 1991) and The Domestication of Politics: Women and American Political Society, 1780-1920 (American Historical Review, 1984). She is the editor of a collection of essays on campaign finance, co-editor of Recent Problems in American History Since 1945, and author of the chapters covering the years 1860 to 1914 in The Empire State, A History of New York (2001).
She has written numerous essays for academic journals and for three years edited Social Science History. She is on the board of New York State History, has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Historical Methods, and is a founding editor of a series on political history for Johns Hopkins University Press.
Baker has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and was the recipient of an American Association of University Women fellowship.
Critchlow is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, Fall 2008), Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005), Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government in Modern America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999); and Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1996).
He has also co-authored a textbook on American history with Paula Baker and William Rorabaugh, and a five-volume history of the United States published in Warsaw, Poland.
Lisa McGirr is associate professor of history at Harvard University where she teaches twentieth-century U.S. history. Her most recent book, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (2001), examines the national Right's rise from the grassroots. Her current research is focused on the 1920s, revisiting the Sacco-Vanzetti case as well as writing a social and cultural history of national prohibition.