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Jacqueline K. Dirks '82

Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of History and Humanities
History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Professor Dirks was educated at Reed College and Yale University. She is a veteran teacher of undergraduate U.S. history. She has taught classes on U.S. cultural and political history, the history of western consumer culture, U.S. women's history, the history of the nineteenth-century family, and twentieth-century gender and sexuality. Professor Dirks also participates in Reed’s American Studies colloquium. Her current research project is tentatively titled Giving Women Credit and focuses on twentieth-century American women's claims to citizenship rights based on their economic roles as consumers, wage earners and heads of household. She recently contributed a review essay to the Oregon Historical Quarterly's special issue to mark the state centenary of woman suffrage: "The Straight State of Oregon: Notes Toward Queering the History of the Past Century."


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