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Maureen A. Flanagan

Professor, History
Chair, Department of Humanities
Interim Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Office: SH 218B
Phone: 312.567.3563
Fax: 312.567.5187
Email: maureen.flanagan@iit.edu

Expertise

  • Prof. Flanagan is an urban historian specializing in Chicago history and comparative processes of urbanization in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of Flanagan's scholarly work focuses on issues of gender and urbanization. Flanagan also specializes in U.S. history generally with particular emphasis on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her teaching encompasses U.S. history, U.S. urban history, and comparative/global urban history.

Research & Major Accomplishments

Currently writing a book comparing the underlying gender assumptions that shaped the built environments of Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto from the 1870s to the 1940s.

Currently serving as President of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Currently editing a special issue of the journal Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies on the topic of gender and the city.

Founding editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Projects

BOOK:
Working Title: Consolidating the Patriarchal City: Gender Ideals and the Built Environments of Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto, 1870s into the 1940s

ARTICLES:
"Housing the Homeless: Gender and the Lodging House Problem in the Early Twentieth Century Anglo-American City"

"Water, Water Everywhere, but not for Everyone: Gender, Sex, and Public Water Usage"

Awards/Honors

  • NEH Fellowship for College Professors
  • Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellowship to Egypt
  • Superior Achievement Award from Illinois State Historical Society for SEEING WITH THEIR HEARTS

Books

  • AMERICA REFORMED: PROGRESSIVES AND PROGRESSIVISMS, 1890s-1920s
  • SEEING WITH THEIR HEARTS: CHICAGO WOMEN AND THE VISION OF THE GOOD CITY, 1871-1933 (Princeton, 2002)
  • CHARTER REFORM IN CHICAGO (Southern Illinois University, 1987)

Selected Publications

"The City, Still the Hope of Democracy? from Jane Addams and Mary Parker Follett to the Arab Spring," Presidential Address, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Organization of American Historians Conference, April 2012.

"Gender, Economic Imperialism and the Making of Chicago: 1893 into the 1920s," International Conference of American Studies, San Juan, Puerto Rice, November 2012.

"Middle-class Women as Cosmopolitans: London's Octavia Hill, Alexandra College Dublin, and the Chicago Women's City Club in a Transatlantic Era," Urban History Association Conference, New York City, October 2012.

Professional Activities

President, Society for Historians of the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Board of Directors, Urban History Association

Professional Society Memberships

Editorial Board Service

  • Journal of Urban History
  • Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society