Laura L. Lovett


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Laura L. Lovett and Rachel Jessica Daniel, Editors, "It's Our Movement Now”: Black Women's Politics and the 1977 National Women's Conference. (In review).


Wioth Her Fist Raisd coverWith Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism (Beacon Press, Forthcoming 2021).With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism (Beacon Press, Forthcoming 2021).

"Transnational Childhoods: Linking Global Production, Local Consumption, and Feminist Resistance" in Transnational Feminist Itineraries, Ashwini Tambe and Millie Thayer, Editors. (Duke University Press, Forthcoming).

Book Review, "Molly Ladd Taylor, Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the United States,” Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry (Forthcoming 2021).


"Eugenic Housing: Redlining, Reproductive Regulation, and Suburban Development in the United States," Women's Studies Quarterly 48 (2020), 67-83.

”Be Fruitful and Multiply,” Forum on Religion and Reproductive Technology for The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion and the Public Sphere, Blog hosted by the Social Science Research Council, August 2020. (


Essay Review of "Marjorie Spruill, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics and Stacie Taranto, Kitchen Table Politics," Signs 44 (2019), 847-850.


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Michael R. Dietrich and Laura L. Lovett, "From New Alchemy To Living Machines: John Todd's Dreams of Ecological Engineering," in Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Review of “Joel P. Rhodes, Growing Up in a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11 (2018), 275-277.


“The Unquestionable Sacredness of Home,” Interview by Myrna Sheldon for Cosmologics Magazine (January 17, 2017). (

Review of "Brooke Speer Orr, The ‘People’s Joan of Arc’: Mary Elizabeth Lease, Gendered Politics, and Populist Party Poitics in Gilded-Age America,” Canadian Journal of History ( 2017).


Laura L. Lovett, “Sex and the Survey: A New Way of Teaching Global History,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (2016).


Laura L. Lovett, "Free to Be … You and Me: Revisiting a Feminist Classic,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 43 (2015): 273-276.


Review of "Derek S. Hoff, The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History," The American Historical Review 119 (2014), 213-214.


Laura L. Lovett and Karen Sanchez-Eppler, "Now We Are Six," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 6.3 (2013), 1-3.

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When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made. Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett, Editors. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

“’Our Community Helpers’ and the American Feminist Struggle Against Stereotypes,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 5:3 (2012), 354-357.

"Opinion: Female Mass Shooter Can Teach Us About Adam Lanza,” Special Column to, December 21, 2012.

Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett, "When We Were Free to Be ... Revisiting a Children's Classic on Its 40th Anniversary," Guest Column for the Huffington Post, December 5, 2012.

"Malice Toward Women an Ugly Core of Student Rowdyism,” Guest Column for The Hampshire Gazette, September 24, 2012.


"Fighting the Legacies of American Eugenics,” Collective Voices: Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective  (Summer 2011), 35.

"The Rhetoric of Family in US Politics: Review of Natasha Zaretsky's No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980," Tikkun (2011).

Review of Rebecca Kluchin, Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in the America, 1950-1980, The American Historical Review 116 (2011), 840-841.

"Pronatalism,” Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Andrea O’Reilly and J. Geoffrey Golson, Editors (New York, NY: SAGE, 2010), 1028-1029.


"Family,” Encyclopedia of American Disability History. Susan Burch, Editor (New York, NY: Facts on File, 2009).

Review of Mark Largent, Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States, The American Historical Review 114 (2009), 776-777.

"Age: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. 1 (2008), 89-90.


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Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction and the Family in the United States, 1890-1938. Gender and American Culture Series. University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

"'Fitter Families for Future Firesides': Florence Sherbon and Popular Eugenics," The Public Historian 29 (2007), 69-85.


"The Popeye Principle: Selling Child Health in the First Nutrition Crisis,”Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 30 (2005) 803-838.

Review of Nancy Ordover, American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism, Isis 96 (2005), 150-151.

""Rooted in the Soil': Family Ideals, Land Reclamation and Irrigation Resettlement as Welfare in the United States, 1897-1933", in Families of a New World: Familialism and the Process of State-Making. Lynne Haney and Lisa Pollard, editors. New York, NY: Routledge, 2003, pp. 85-98.


"Land Reclamation as Family Reclamation: The Family Ideal in George Maxwell's Reclamation and Resettlement Campaigns, 1897-1933," Social Politics 7 (2000), 80-100.

Review of Stephen Selden, Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America, Isis 92 (2000), 243-244.

"'African and Cherokee By Choice': Race and Resistance Under Legalized Segregation," American Indian Quarterly 22 (1998), 203-229.