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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Publications

Books

     

     

    Articles and Chapters

    • 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 2017).
    • 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 CNN.com, 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

    • 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). http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=13803

    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. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=39732

    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. http://www.vwhc.org/
  • "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. http://wasi.alexanderstreet.com.
  • "The People of the Springfield Armory" at The Forge of Innovation website. http://www.forgeofinnovation.org/. Coordinator and editor of material researched and created by UMass undergraduates as part of a junior writing course in the History Department in 2006.