Kathryn J Oberdeck

 Kathryn Oberdeck

Contact Information

427 Gregory Hall
Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • US 19th and 20th Century Cultural and Intellectual History, Working-class history, Histories of space and place, Comparative U.S. and South African History, Public and Digital History

Education

  • Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University, 1991
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 1981

Grants

  • Co-investigator, Humanities Without Walls: "The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record," with John Randolph, Principal Investigator, and Daniel Gilbert and Bonnie Mak, UIUC co-investigators, and Patrick Jones, Aaron Johnson and William Thompson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Sharon Leon, Michigan State University
  • Co-Investigator, "THINK (The Humanities Innovating New Knowledge), Barbara Ransby, UIC and Jennifer Brier, UIC Principal Investigators, Devin Hunter, UIS, co-investigator

Courses

  • Spring 2019: History 271: Illinois History
  • Fall 2019: History 172, U.S. History Since 1877
  • Fall 2019: History 358, History Harvest: Collaborative Public Digital History
  • Spring 2018: History 386: Public History

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Oberdeck, Kathryn J, and Frank Tobias Higbie "Labour and Popular Print Culture" Oxford History of Popular Print "Labour and Popular Print Culture" Oxford Oxford University Press 2011.
“Competing Geographies of Welfare Capitalism and its Workers: Kohler Village and the Spatial Politics of Planned Company Towns” Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space edited by Andrew Herrod, edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, edited by Al Rainnie. “Competing Geographies of Welfare Capitalism and its Workers: Kohler Village and the Spatial Politics of Planned Company Towns” Edited by Andrew Herrod, Edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, Edited by Al Rainnie, Edward Elgar 2010.
"Archives of the Unbuilt Environment: Documents and Discourses of Imagined Space in Twentieth Century Kohler, Wisconsin, Archive Stories: Evidence, Experience, History "Archives of the Unbuilt Environment: Documents and Discourses of Imagined Space in Twentieth Century Kohler, Wisconsin, Durham, NC Duke University Press 2005.

Journal Articles

Oberdeck, Kathryn J “Of Tubs and Toil: Kohler Workers in an Empire of Hygiene, 1920-2000” International Review of Social History 55 2010, p. 447-483.

Books

The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment, and Cultural Politics in America,1884-1914 Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 1999.

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