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September 30 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Joanne Meyerowitz, "A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit"

  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 12:15PM - 1:45PM
  • SLB Room 120
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Description

Joanne Meyerowitz received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.  She is the author of Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930 and How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States, and the editor of Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960 and History and September 11th.  Her most recent book, A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit (2021), is a history of U.S. involvement in campaigns to end global poverty in the 1970s and 1980s.  It shows how and why anti-poverty efforts increasingly focused on women as the deserving poor.

Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2004, she taught at the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University, and for five years she edited the Journal of American History, the leading scholarly journal in U.S. history.  Meyerowitz has won fellowships from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Social Science Research Council.  She is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and past president of the Organization of American Historians.

At Yale, she has served as chair of LGBT Studies, chair of the American Studies Program, and interim chair of the Department of History.  She is currently co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities.  In 2020, she won the Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities.

All members of the YLS community will automatically receive the readings and Zoom link on the Monday before each workshop.  Other members of the Yale community can email barbara.mianzo@yale.edu to request the reading and link.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights