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Jodi Vandenberg‑Daves

Race/Gender/Sexuality Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

women's history; social and cultural history; history of motherhood; gender, race, and leadership

Current courses at UWL

WGS 100:  Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions

WGS/HIS 305 History of Motherhood in the United States
WGS/HIS 301 Women in the Modern United States
WGS/HIS 315 History of Feminist Thought
WGS 345 Gender, Race, and Leadership 


Ph.D. History, University of Minnesota
B.A. Macalester College


Research and publishing

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

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

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

"Twentieth Century Motherhood:  Promises, Pitfalls, and Continuing Legacies," The American Historian; November, 2016.

"Finding Maternal Histories,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (Spring/Summer 2014), introductory article for special issue: “Mothers and History.”

“Medicine, Modernity, and the Maternal Body” Nursing Clio (May, 8, 2014)

“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.

“’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.

Book Chapter:
“Mama Bear as Micromanager: The Evolution of Cultural Ideals of Motherhood in the Berenstain Bears Book Series, 1960-2000,” 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.

History Curriculum for Secondary Education
“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.

National History Day 1999: Science, Technology, Invention in History. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Cathy Gorn, eds., College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 1998.

National History Day 1998: Migration in History. Edited by Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Cathy Gorn. College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 1997.

Other Publications:

"Self-Starter Women:  Women Social Entrepreneurs in the Upper Midwest," Seven Magazine, Jan./Feb., 2018

"Seven Ways Motherhood Has Changed," Coulee Parenting Connection, April, 2017.

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

“Million Moms March in Noble Company,” An Online Journal of Opinion, May, 2000 and St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 10, 2000.

“Rosemund’s Column Based on Bad History,” La Crosse Tribune, May 3, 2000.



Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities, was interviewed by Sasha-Ann Simons of The Reset (Chicago Public Radio) on Aug. 16. about the declining U.S. birth rate and the history of motherhood.

Submitted on: Aug. 18, 2021



Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, was interviewed by New York Times on June 4. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves was quoted in a story about gender inequity and motherhood in the New York Times.

Submitted on: June 11, 2021