Linda Eisenmann

Professor of Education, Professor of History


Phone: 508-286-5857

Fax: 508-286-3640


Ed.D., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
M.A., Georgetown University
B.A., Connecticut College, summa cum laude


Main Interests

As a historian of education, I am interested in the social context of schooling, especially colleges and universities.



Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965, John Hopkins University Press, 2006; paperback edition, November 2007.

ASHE Reader in the History of Higher Education, 3rd edition, Co-editor, with Harold Wechsler and Lester Goodchild, ASHE/Pearson, September 2007.

Historical Dictionary of Women’s Education in the United States, Editor, Greenwood Press, 1998.

Recent Articles, Chapters and Essays

“The Literature Review as Scholarship: Using Critical Reviews and Historiography” in Marybeth Gasman, ed., Critical Issues in the History of Higher Education, 2010, Routledge.

“Thinking Feminist in 1963: Challenges from Betty Friedan and the U.S. President’s Commission on the Status of Women” in Jean Spence, Maureen Meikle, Sarah Aiston, eds., Thinking Women: Education and Agency, 1700-2000, 2009, Routledge (U.K.).

“Practicing What I Teach: Does a Career as a Higher Education Professor Inform My Work as a Dean?”, 2008 Presidential Address, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Summer 2009.

“Foreword,” to Judy Batson, Her Oxford, Vanderbilt University Press, 2008.

“The Impact of Historical Expectations on Women’s Higher Education,” Forum on Public Policy Online, Summer 2007 (

“A Time of Quiet Activism: Research, Practice, and Policy in American Women’s Higher Education, 1945-1965” (2004 Presidential Address), History of Education Quarterly, vol. 45, no. 1 (spring 2005):1-17.

“Brokering Old and New Philanthropic Traditions: Women’s Continuing Education in the Cold War Era,” in Andrea Walton, ed., Women and Philanthropy in Education (Indiana University Press, 2005).

Teaching Interests

History of education; history of teachers and teaching

Research Interests

  • Higher education in the post-World War II era, particularly as it affects female students and women faculty
  • The growth and development of urban public universities as a new institutional sector in the United States after the 1960’s
  • Coeducation in colleges and universities, from the 1980’s to the present





Dolls House 205