Sara Alpern

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Sara Alpern Tarlow
Born (1942-09-10) September 10, 1942 (age 72)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Residence College Station
Brazos County
Alma mater

Taylor Allderdice High School
Case Western Reserve University
University of California at Los Angeles

University of Maryland, College Park
Occupation Historian
Professor at Texas A&M University
Years active 1978–
Political party
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Peter E. Tarlow

Joshua Frager
Nathaniel L. Tarlow

Lyse Tarlow
Parent(s) Philip and Rene Alpern
Feminist historian Alpern is the author of the definitive biography of the liberal journalist Freda Kirchwey of The Nation.

Sara Alpern Tarlow, known as Sara Alpern (born September 10, 1942), is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, known for her specialization in women's studies.[2]

Early life[edit]

Alpern is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of Rene R. Alpern (1916–2010) and Philip Alpern (born ca. 1915) of El Paso, Texas, and formerly of Pittsburgh. Alpern is a sister of Louis Max Alpern, M.D. (born ca. 1948), also of El Paso and like his sister reared in Pittsburgh.[3][4]

Alpern graduated in 1960 from Taylor Allderdice High School.[5] In 1964, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her Master of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles followed in 1968, and she obtained the Ph.D. in social and intellectual history from the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, in 1978.[6] Thereafter, she moved to College Station, Texas, to join the TAMU history faculty.[7] In 2005, Alpern received the "Teacher/Scholar" Award from the TAMU Honors Program.[8]


She is the author of Freda Kirchwey: A Woman of the Nation, published in 1987. In this title, "the Nation" refers to The Nation magazine, which Freda Kirchwey, a persistent crusader for liberal causes, edited between 1933 and 1955.[9] Alpern is a contributor and co-editor with three other historians of The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women, a 1992 collection of ten essays on various feminist figures. Her contribution to the anthology is entitled "In Search of Freda Kirchwey: From Identification to Separation."[10]

She has written on women's suffrage, the history of eating disorders among women, and the history of women in management. She has penned articles on cosmetics magnates Estee Lauder and Helena Rubenstein for Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Her 2005 article entitled "Harriet Williams Russell Strong: Inventor and California Businesswoman Extraordinaire" is part of an ongoing book manuscript on the history of women in business.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Alpern, who is Jewish, is married to Rabbi Peter E. Tarlow (born 1946), who holds a Ph.D. in sociology and is a specialist in tourism and counter-terrorism. He is the long-term director of the Texas A&M University Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.[12] Alpern has a son, Joshua Frager,[9] and two stepchildren, Nathaniel L. Tarlow and Lysandra 'Lysie' Tarlow.[12]


  1. ^ Confirmed by the Brazos County registrar of voters, 2010
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  3. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Rene Alpern obituary, El Paso Times, March 16, 2010
  5. ^ "TAHS email list". Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Texas A&M University Graduate Faculty". Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sara Alpern, Ph.D." (PDF). Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Freda Kirchway: A Woman of the Nation. Google Books. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The University of Illinois Press, The Challenge of Feminist Biography". Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jewish Women". Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Texas A&M University Hillel". Retrieved October 12, 2010.