Linda K. Kerber

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Linda K. Kerber is an American historian.


At the University of Iowa she is the May Brodbeck Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and also Lecturer in the College of Law. She served as the president of the American Studies Association in 1988, the Organization of American Historians in 1996–97, and the American Historical Association in 2006. She was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford University in 2006/07, delivering the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Memorial Lecture at Oxford on November 16, 2006.[1] She has received fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities three times, the National Humanities Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.[2]


Her 1998 book No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship received two prizes from the American Historical Association: the Littleton-Griswold Prize [3] for the best book in U.S. legal history and the Joan Kelley Memorial Prize [4] for the best book in women's history. Other books by Linda Kerber include, among others, Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997), Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (1980), and Federalists in Dissent: Imagery and Ideology in Jeffersonian America (1970).


She received her Ph.D. in history in 1968 from Columbia University. She has been at the University of Iowa since 1971.


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