Joan M. Jensen

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Joan M. Jensen (born December 9, 1934 St. Paul, Minnesota) is an American historian.[1]


She attended Pasadena City College, and earned a master's degree and a Ph.D at the University of California at Los Angeles.

From 1962 to 1971, she taught at U.S. International University, in San Diego, California. She left her job to join a farming commune in southern Colorado. From 1974 to 1975, she taught at Arizona State University, and from 1975 to 1976 she taught at UCLA.[2]

She taught history at New Mexico State University.[3] 1976-1993 and holds the rank of Professor Emerita. Jensen is largely responsible for founding the University's Women's Studies Program. [4]

In 1990 the Coalition for Western Women's History honored Jensen by creating the Joan Jensen - Darlis Miller Prize for the best scholarly article published in the preceding year in the field of women and gender in the trans-Mississippi West.


  • 2007 Merle Curti Award Honorable Mention for Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925 (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
  • 1993 New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Award for Excellence in the Humanities.
  • Western Association of Women Historians Sierra Prize, for Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750–1850
  • Old Sturbridge Village Research Library Society-E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book Prize, for Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750–1850
  • New Mexico Presswomen’s Zia Award and the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, for New Mexico Women: Intercultural Perspectives



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