Professional Bio:  Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and History

University of Wisconsin-La CrosseJodi Vandenberg-Daves

Academic Background:

Ph.D, History, University of Minnesota (1995), with minor field program in the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies

B.A., Macalester College (1988)

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves specializes in women’s history in the United States.  She has taught history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies courses at UW-L since 1998, with an emphasis on making history inclusive and relevant for students, the community, and area teachers.  Her courses in women’s history include:  “History of Feminist Thought”, “History of Motherhood in the United States” and “Women in the Modern United States.”  In addition to teaching WGS 230 “Women’s Diversity,” Jodi offers “Women and Leadership” through WGSS and has also offered a course for women professionals through the UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center, “Your Career, Your Life.”  Jodi’s scholarship has focused on women and education, and more recently, on the history of motherhood and women’s workplace issues.\

Selected Publications:

Modern Motherhood:  An American History (Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Making History: A Guide to Historical Research Through the National History Day Program (ABC-Clio Press, 2006)  

“Here’s What Women Really Want,” Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Betsy Morgan, River Valley Business Review, December 5, 2008.

“Mama Bear as Micromanager:  The Evolution of Cultural Ideals of Motherhood in the Berenstain Bears Book Series, 1960-2000,” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 5:1 (Spring 2003):  135-147; reprinted in a “best of journal” book, Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice, Andrea O’Reilley, ed., Toronto:  Association for Research on Mothering, 2004.

“’A Look at the Total Knowledge of the World’:  The University of Minnesota, the Land-Grant Tradition, and the Politics of Public Higher Education, 1950-1990,” History of Education 32: 1 (Spring 2003):  57-79.

“’There’s Got to be More Out There’:  White Working-Class Women, College, and the Better Life, 1950-1985,” International Labor and Working-Class History 62 (Fall 2002):  99-120.

“Teaching Motherhood in History:  The Challenge of Private Experience in a Tradition of Public Narrative,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 39:3/4 (Fall/Winter 2002):  234-255.

 “The Manly Pursuit of a Partnership Between the Sexes:  The Debate Over Women and Girls in the YMCA, 1914-1933.” The Journal of American History 78 (March 1992):  1324-1346.

“Native Americans and the Federal Government:  A Guide to Sources,” with Louise Edwards-Simpson, in National History Day 2003:  Rights and Responsibilities in History, Bea Hardy and Cathy Gorn, eds., College Park, MD:  National History Day, Inc., 2002.

“A Research Roadmap for Your History Day Topic,” in National History Day 2002:  Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.  Bea Hardy and Cathy Gorn, eds.  College Park, MD:  National History Day, Inc., 2001.

Awards and Honors

  • YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women:  Education:  Teacher, 2004.
  • College of Liberal Studies Award for Excellence in Service, 2002.
  • Louis M. Pelzer Memorial Prize, Organization of American Historians, 1991.

Selected Grants:

  • “Women’s Leadership and Professional Development,” Faculty Development Grant, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2013.
  •  “Curriculum Development Project:  Psychology and History of Masculinity,” with Ryan McKelley, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Liberal Studies Small Grant , 2011
  • Central Wisconsin History Collaborative U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, with Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted ,2005-2009.
  • Modern Motherhood:  An American History, book project, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Sabbatical Grant, Faculty Research Grant, and Faculty Development Grant 2008-2009.
  • Cross River History Consortium U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, with Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, 2002-2005.
  •  “Growing Women:  Work Environments in the Coulee Region that Foster Success Among Working Mothers,” with Donna Anderson, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Faculty Research Grant, 2006.
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, 1994-1995.

Outreach and Consultancy:

Social Studies Curriculum Reviewer, School District of La Crosse, 2013.

Invited Speaker, “Women’s Strengths and Opportunities in Today’s Workplace,” La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, October 26, 2011.

Conference Planning Board Member, “Mothers and History:  Histories of Motherhood” Conference, sponsored by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Toronto, CA, 2011-2012.

Invited Lecturer, “Gender, the American Revolution, and Citizenship in American History,” CESA #12 Teaching American History Grant, July 19, 2010.

Invited Speaker, “Reaching New Heights:  Expanding Women’s Skills, Strengths, and Opportunities in Today’s Workplace,” UW-La Crosse Program Assistant Professional Development Association Fall Meeting, November, 2008.

Course Designer and Instructor, “Your Career, Your Life,” a career development class for professional women, UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center, Fall, 2008 and Fall, 2009.

Peer Reviewer, Thinking Like a Historian, curriculum project authored by Nikki Mandell, as final product for a U.S. Department of EducationTeaching American History grant project, 2007.

Grant Proposal Consultant, CESA #12 Wisconsin, for U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant Proposal, 2007.