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University of Massachusetts Amherst



    Articles and Chapters

    • Laura L. Lovett, ““Transnational Childhoods: Linking Global Production, Local Consumption, and Feminist Resistance” in Transnational Feminist Itineraries, Ashwini Tambe and Millie Thayer, Editors. (Duke University Press, In Review).
    • Michael R. Dietrich and Laura L. Lovett, “From New Alchemy To Living Machines: John Todd’s Dreams of Bioremediation,” Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming 2018), 162-175.
    • Laura L. Lovett, “Sex and the Survey: A New Way of Teaching Global History,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (2016).
    • Laura L. Lovett, “Free to Be … You and Me: Revisiting a Feminist Classic,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 43 (2015): 273-276.
    • Laura L. Lovett and Karen Sanchez-Eppler, "Now We Are Six," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 6.3 (2013), 1-3.
    • “’Our Community Helpers’ and the American Feminist Struggle Against Stereotypes,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 5:3 (2012), 354-357.
    • "Child's Play: From Feminist Toys to ‘Free Children’," in When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made.  Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett, Editors (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
    • Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett, “The Songs, Stories, and Skits of Free to Be ... You and Me:  A Content Overview,” in When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made, Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett, Editors. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
    • “Fighting the Legacies of American Eugenics,” Collective Voices: Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective  (Summer 2011), 35.
    • "Pronatalism,” Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Andrea O’Reilly and J. Geoffrey Golson, Editors (New York, NY: SAGE, 2010), 1028-1029.
    • "Family,” Encyclopedia of American Disability History. Susan Burch, Editor (New York, NY: Facts on File, 2009).
    • "Age: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. 1 (2008), 89-90.
    • "'Fitter Families for Future Firesides': Florence Sherbon and Popular Eugenics," The Public Historian 29 (2007), 69-85.
    • "The Popeye Principle: Selling Child Health in the First Nutrition Crisis,”Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 30 (2005) 803-838.
    • ""Rooted in the Soil': Family Ideals, Land Reclamation and Irrigation Resettlement as Welfare in the United States, 1897-1933", in Families of a New World: Familialism and the Process of State-Making. Lynne Haney and Lisa Pollard, editors. New York, NY: Routledge, 2003, pp. 85-98.
    • "Land Reclamation as Family Reclamation: The Family Ideal in George Maxwell's Reclamation and Resettlement Campaigns, 1897-1933," Social Politics 7 (2000), 80-100.
    • "'African and Cherokee By Choice': Race and Resistance Under Legalized Segregation," American Indian Quarterly 22 (1998), 203-229.
    • Excerpted as “Invoking Ancestors,” in The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, Second Edition, Joan Ferrante and Prince Brown, Jr., editors. New York, NY: Prentice Hall, 2001, pp. 198-203.
    • Reprinted as "'African and Cherokee By Choice': Race and Resistance Under Legalized Segregation," in Confounding the Color Line: the Indian-Black experience in North America, James Brooks, editor. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002, pp. 192-222.
    • Public Engagement and Editorials

      “Opinion: Female Mass Shooter Can Teach Us About Adam Lanza,” Special Column to, December 21, 2012.
    • Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett, "When We Were Free to Be ... Revisiting a Children's Classic on Its 40th Anniversary," Guest Column for the Huffington Post, December 5, 2012.
    • “Malice Toward Women an Ugly Core of Student Rowdyism,” Guest Column for The Hampshire Gazette, September 24, 2012.

    Book Reviews

    • Essay Review of “Marjorie Spruill, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics and Stacie Taranto, Kitchen Table Politics,” Signs (Forthcoming).
    • Review of “Joel P. Rhodes, Growing Up in a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11 (2018), 275-277.
    • Review of “Brooke Speer Orr, The ‘People’s Joan of Arc’: Mary Elizabeth Lease, Gendered Politics, and Populist Party Poitics in Gilded-Age America,” Canadian Journal of History (forthcoming 2017).
    • Review of "Derek S. Hoff, The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History," The American Historical Review 119 (2014), 213-214.
    • "The Rhetoric of Family in US Politics: Review of Natasha Zaretsky's No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980," Tikkun (2011).
    • "Review of Rebecca Kluchin, Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in the America, 1950-1980,” The American Historical Review 116 (2011), 840-841.
    • "Review of Mark Largent, Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States,” The American Historical Review 114 (2009), 776-777.
    • “Review of Nancy Ordover, American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism,” Isis 96 (2005), 150-151.
    • "Review of Stephen Selden, Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America,” Isis 92 (2000), 243-244.

    Reviews of Conceiving the Future

    Holly Allen,  H-Amstdy (November 2007).

    Rebecca Edwards, Kansas History (2007) 30 (3)

    Nancy Folbre, Population and Development Review. 33, No. 4 (Dec., 2007), pp. 827-82.

    Jennifer Fronc, “Pronatalism, “Positive Eugenics,” and Social Reform,” Reviews in American History (2007) 35 (4), 630-635.

    Susan Currell, The Journal of American History (2007) 94 (3): 950-951.

    The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (2007) 105, 517–19

    Brooke Speer Orr, The New England Quarterly 81, No. 1 (Mar., 2008), pp. 140-142.

    Pablo Mitchell, Gender and History (2008) 20 (1), 193-194.

    Alexandra Minna Stern, Isis 99, No. 2 (June 2008), pp. 431-432.

    E. S. Watkins, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2008) 39 (1), 144-145.

    Lynne Curry, Social History, 33:4 (2009)

    Elizabeth Bennion, Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy (2009) 30 (1), 95-96.

    Andrea Kay Ryan, Rural Sociology (2009) 74 (1),  144-146.

    Wendy Kline, Journal of Social History, (2009) 42 (2),  pp. 1055-1056.

    Cecelia Benoit, “Historical Linkages between Reproduction, Pronatalism, and Professional Institutions in North America,” Journal of Women’s History (2010) 22 (3), 224-234.

    Reviews of When We Were Free to Be

    Emily W. Kane, "Gendered Childhoods in the Late Twentieth Century," H-Net Reviews.

    Kirsten Pike, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 7 (2014), 174-176.

    Bradford W. Wright, Women's Studies 42 (2013), 470-474.

Film Appearances
  • The History of the United States, Part I/ "Die Geschichte der USA I: Die Weltmacht USA im 20. Jahrhundert." With Howard Zinn and Michael Wala. Klaus Bredenbrock, Producer. (2009)

  • The History of the United States, Part II/ "Die Geschichte der USA II: Die Weltmacht USA im 20. Jahrhundert." Klaus Bredenbrock, Producer. (2009)

  • “Purgatory: Historical Analysis of the Belchertown State Schools,” Jerome Whalen, Producer.  NCTV, 2010.

  • "Becoming Helen Keller," Laurie Block, Producer. Straight Ahead Pictures (Forthcoming)

  • Once Upon a Time: When Childcare For All Wasn’t Just A Fairy Tale,” James Rutenbeck, Producer. Lost Nation Pictures and California Newsreel. (2015). Part of the Raising of America Series on PBS.

Digital History
  • Valley Women's History Collaborative. Administrator, Designer, Editor, and Content Producer. 2008- Present.
  • "UN Women's World Conferences," for Women and Social Movements, International. Coordinator and trainer for digital histories of leaders of UN women's conferences at the 2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women.
  • "The People of the Springfield Armory" at The Forge of Innovation website. Coordinator and editor of material researched and created by UMass undergraduates as part of a junior writing course in the History Department in 2006.