• PhD New York University 1997
  • M Phil New York University 1986
  • MA New York University 1984
  • BA Mount Holyoke College 1978

Academic interests

U.S. history; late nineteenth and twentieth centuries; American philanthropy; women; religion; U.S. race relations; women and banking; and history of citizenship.


  • Women’s Leadership Award for Veteran Female IUPUI Faculty Member, 2012
  • Richard L. Wentworth Prize for Christian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA, 2008;
  • Gateway Scholar, 2004-05;
  • IU President's Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant, 2002-03;
  • Indiana University Fellow in Nonprofit Governance, 1989-1991, and numerous fellowships.


Christian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA, 1906-46 (University of Illinois Press, 2007);

chapters in: Women and their Money, 1700-1950; Private Action and Public Good; and Men and Women Adrift: The YMCA and the YWCA in the City.

Entries in: Dictionary of American Biography, Notable American Women, Encyclopedia of New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia, and Civil Rights in the United States.


Member, Advisory Board to the Indiana Women's History Association.

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