CAROLE TURBIN  374 11th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215  (718) 499-3244



Visiting Positions

Awards and Honors



  1. Co-editor (with Barbara Burman, UK), Material Strategies: Dress and Gender in Historical  Perspective, Gender & History (Fall 2002) and edited collection of essays (Blackwell 2003).
  2. Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class, and Community in Troy, 1864-1886 (University of Illinois Press 1992).
  3. In progress: "Souvenir: A Memoir."


  1. “Refashioning the Concept of Public/ Private: Lessons from Dress Studies,” Journal of Woman’s History, Spring 2003.
  2. “Fashioning the New American Man: The Arrow Collar Man: 1907-1931,” Material  Strategie, B.Burman and C.Turbin, eds., Gender & History (Blackwell 2002) and book (Blackwell 2003).
  3. "Collars and Consumers: Changing Images of American Manliness and Business,” Phillip Scranton, ed., Beauty and Business, (Routledge Press 2000); Enterprise and Society, Spring 2000.
  4. “What Social History Can Learn from Postmodernism, and Vice Versa," Social Science History, Spring 1998.
  5. "Feminist Activism and Feminist Theory: Sarah Eisenstein's Give us Bread, but Give us Roses,"Gender and History, Summer 1996.
  6. "Domestic Service Revisited: Private Household Workers and their Employers in a Shifting Economic Environment," International Labor and Working Class History, Winter 1995.
  7. "The Collar Laundresses' Strikes of 1869 and 1886," Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor Conflict, R. Filippelli, ed. (Garland Press 1990).
  8. "Beyond Dichotomies: Interdependence in Mid-Nineteenth Century Working Class Families, "Gender and History, Winter 1989.
  9. Review essay, Sociological Forum, Spring 1988
  10. "Beyond Conventional Wisdom: Family and Labor Organizing in a Mid-19th Century Working Class Community," To Toil the Live Long Day, Carol Groneman and Mary Beth Norton, eds. (Cornell University Press 1987).
  11. "Reconceptualizing Family, Work, and Labor Organizing: Working Women in Troy, 1860-1890,"
    Review of Radical Political Economics, Spring 1984.
    Reprinted in Nancy F. Cott, ed., History of Women in America (Meckler 1990) and N. Sokoloff, C. Bose, R. Feldberg, eds., Hidden Aspects of Women's Work (Praeger 1987)
  12. Review essay, International Labor and Working Class History, Spring 1981.
  13. "`And We Are Nothing But Women': Irish Working Women in Troy," Women of America: A History, Carol R. Berkin and Mary Beth Norton, eds. (Houghton Mifflin 1979). 
    Reprinted in Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, eds., Women and Power in American History: A Reader (Prentice Hall 1991).

Presentations (selected)

  1. "Constructing the Male Body: The Arrow Collar Man, 1905-1920," European Social Science History Conference, Netherlands, April 2000.
  2. "Collars Make the Man: The Social Construction of Manliness in the Early 20th Century US," Conference, "Beauty and Business," Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, March 1999.
  3. "`Flaccid Fashions': Dress, Gesture, and Manliness in the US, 1880-1920,” European Social Science History Conference, Netherlands, March 1998.
  4. "Dress and Gesture in the US, 1880-1920," Social Science History Association, Washington, D.C., October 1997.
  5. "Consumerism, Fashion, and the Changing Language of Class," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, June 1996.
  6. "Dress, Gender, and Social Distinctions in the US, 1840-1940, European Social Science History Conference, Netherlands, May 1996.
  7. "Rethinking Social Class in American Sociology," American Sociological Association, August 1995.
  8. "The Social History of the White Collar," Social Science History Association, November 1993.
  9. "Domestic Service Revisited: Women Servants in the 19th Century and the 1990s," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, June 1993.
  10. "Piecing Together the Past: A Retrospective on 19th Century Working Class Communities," American Studies Association, 1988.
  11. "Beyond Dichotomies: Interdependence in 19th Century Working Class Families," American Sociological Association, NY, 1986.
  12. Work, Culture, and Consciousness: Theoretical Perspectives in Woman's History," The Feminist and the Scholar, Barnard College, March 1985.
  13. "Daughters, Wives, Widows: Women's Life Cycles and Labor Activism," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, Smith College, June 1984.
  14. "What Union Women can Learn from the Past," National Women's Studies Association, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, March 1982.
  15. "On and Off the Job: Working Women's Family, Work, and Community Lives, American Sociological Association, 1980.
  16. "Class and Gender in 19th Century Labor Movements," American Studies Association, November 1975.

Invitational Lectures (Selected)

  1. "Dress and Social Distinctions in the US, 1880-1940,” University of Dortmund, Germany, March 1998.
  2. "Class Dressing: Gender, Fashion, and the Language of Class," Columbia University, Women and Society Seminar, January 1995.
  3. "Toward a Comprehensive Analysis of Women's Labor Activism," Cornell University, March 1991.
  4. "New Perspectives on Immigrant Women's Household Economic Contribution," New School for Social Research, April 1989.
  5. "Reconceptualizing Family, Work, and Labor Activism," Bard College, February 1986
  6. “Computers in Historical Research," Tamiment Institute Library, New York University, April 1985.
  7. “The Family: Under Pressure or Besieged?” Bard College, May 1980.
  8. "Class and Gender in 19th Century Women's Movements," Sara Lawrence College, April 1978.

Professional Activities

Committees and Seminars


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