Alice Kessler-Harris serves as Columbia University’s R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower. She specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender.
Kessler-Harris received her B.A. from Goucher College (1961) and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University (1968). Her published works include: In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001); Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982); A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences (1990); and Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview (1981). She is co-editor of Protecting Women: Labor Legislation in Europe, Australia, and the United States, 1880–1920 (1995) and U.S. History as Women’s History (1995). Kessler-Harris’ most recent book, Gendering Labor History (2007), contains her essays on women’s work and social policy.