A Companion to First Ladies
A Companion to First Ladies
Notes on Contributors
Kristin L. Ahlberg is assistant to the general editor in the Office of the Historian, US Department of State. She is the author of Transplanting the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and Food for Peace (2008); co-compiler of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976 , volume 38: Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1973-1976 (2012); and compiler of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980 , volume 2: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (2013) and of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980 , volume 1: Foundations of Foreign Policy (2014). Her articles have appeared in Diplomatic History , The Public Historian , the American Historical Association's Perspectives on History , and the Organization of American Historians' Newsletter .
Catherine Allgor is the Nadine and Robert Skotheim Director of Education at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and former professor of history and presidential chair at the University of California, Riverside. Her first book, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (2000), won the James H. Broussard First Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Book Award. She has also published Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity (2012); The Queen of America: Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison (2012); and A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation (2006).
Benjamin T. Arrington is a career historian and park ranger at the National Park Service. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has published on numerous subjects related to the Civil War, westward expansion, and presidential history. He contributes to several history blogs and has spoken at academic conferences hosted by the Organization of American Historians, the George Wright Society, the Nebraska and Illinois State Historical Societies, the National Park Service, and others. In discussing American history and National Park Service news and events, he has appeared on PBS, C-Span, National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe, and many other media outlets. Arrington is a US army veteran and has taught as an adjunct professor at John Carroll University and at Lake Erie College.
Thomas J. Balcerski is assistant professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is working on a book project titled The Siamese Twins: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King .
Maurine H. Beasley is professor emerita at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland College Park, where her specialty has been the history of Washington women journalists-including Eleanor Roosevelt, who considered herself a journalist-and the media treatment of other first ladies. Her most recent book, Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice and Persistence (2012) won the Kappa Tau Alpha prize for the best researched book on journalism/mass communication published that year. A former staff writer for the Washington Post , she holds degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri and Columbia University and a doctorate in American civilization from George Washington University.
Mary C. Brennan (PhD from Miami University, 1988), professor and chair of the History Department at Texas State University, researches conservatism. Following Turning Right in the Sixties (1995), she focused on women within conservatism in her subsequent books Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace (2008) and Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady (2011).
Lisa M. Burns is professor of communications and chair of media studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden,