Laura L. Lovett

  • Professor and Director, DGS and Graduate Advisor

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Representative Publications


With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Community Activism (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2021).

“Eugenic Housing:  Redlining, Reproductive Regulation, and Suburban Development in the United States,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 48 (2020), 76-83.

Sex in Global History: Modern Sources and Perspectives. Laura L. Lovett, Editor (San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishing, 2018).

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

Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the United States, 1890-1930. Gender and American Culture Series (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

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

Research Interest Summary

Modern America; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Children and Youth; Public History

Research Interests

Professor Lovett is currently co-editing a collection of essays on African American women leaders at the 1977 National Women’s Conference.  “It’s Our Movement Now”: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference places Black women’s experience and leadership at the center of the history of the women’s movement.