Estelle Freedman

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Estelle Freedman (born 1947) is an American historian. She is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University[1] She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College in 1969[2] and her Master of Arts (1972) and PhD (1976) in history from Columbia University. She has taught at Stanford University since 1976 and is a co-founder of the Program in Feminist Studies.[3] Her research has explored the history of women and social reform, including feminism and women's prison reform, as well as the history of sexuality, including the history of sexual violence.

Honors and awards[edit]

Freedman is the recipient of four teaching awards at Stanford as well as the Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award for graduate mentorship from the American Historical Association[4] and the Millicent McIntosh Award for Feminism from Barnard College.[5] She has received numerous research fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.[6] She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Stanford Humanities Center.

Her first book, Their Sisters' Keepers received the Alice and Edith Hamilton Prize for best scholarly manuscript on women from the University of Michigan in 1978 and was published in 1981. She has won the Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians three times: in 1982 for Victorian Women: A Documentary Account (shared), in 1997 for Maternal Justice, and in 2014 for Redefining Rape.[7] Redefining Rape also won the 2014 Darlene Clark Hine Award (Organization of American Historians)[8] and the 2014 Emily Toth Award (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association).[9]

Her book My Desire for History, coedited with John D'Emilio, received the 2013 John Boswell Prize from the Committee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association.[10] Her earlier co-authored book with John D'Emilio, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, was cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his 2003 opinion for Lawrence v. Texas, with which the American Supreme Court overturned all remaining anti-sodomy laws.[11][12]



  1. ^ "Stanford Department of History". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Coming of Age at Barnard, 1968. The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. 1. December 2008. 
  3. ^ Alexander, Meredith (6 June 2001). "Feminist Studies Program turns 20: Graduates share history of struggles, gains". Stanford Report. 
  4. ^ "AHA Award Recipients: Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Milicent Carey Feminism Award". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Estelle B. Freedman 2011 - US & Canada Competition Humanities - United States History". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Western Association of Women Historians Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hines Award". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Awards". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "John Boswell Prize". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Hurewitz, D. (2004). "Sexuality scholarship as a foundation for change: Lawrence v. Texas and the impact of the historians' brief" (PDF). Health and Human Rights. 7 (2): 205–216. 
  12. ^ "Lawrence v. Texas" (PDF). 

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