Kathryn J Oberdeck

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Contact Information

427 Gregory Hall

Associate Professor

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


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


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 Taught

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

Highlighted Publications

Oberdeck, K. J. (1999). The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment, and Cultural Politics in America, 1884-1914. (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Recent Publications

Oberdeck, K. J. (2018). Review: B. McMahon's The Ford Century in Minnesota. Business History Review, 92(01), 217-219. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007680518000314

Oberdeck, K. J., & Higbie, F. T. (2012). Labour and Popular Print Culture. In C. Bold (Ed.), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920 (Vol. 6, pp. 233-252). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0012

Oberdeck, K. J. (2010). Competing Geographies of Welfare Capitalism and its Workers: Kohler Village and the Spatial Politics of Planned Company Towns. In S. McGrath-Champ, A. Herod, & A. Rainne (Eds.), Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space (pp. 179-196). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781849806305.00020

Oberdeck, K. J. (2010). Of Tubs and Toil: Kohler Workers in an Empire of Hygiene, 1920–2000. International Review of Social History, 55(3), 447-483. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020859010000404

Oberdeck, K. J. (2009). Hewers of Words and Drawers of Water. Journal of Women's History, 21(3), 140-143. https://doi.org/10.1353/jowh.0.0101

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