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Corinne Field

Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

203 Levering Hall
PO Box 400172
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4172

Office Hours: Spring 2022: On Sabbatical

Corinne Field specilizes in U.S. gender and race, childhood and adulthood.

Corinne T. Field is Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia.  Her research focuses on the intersections of age, gender, and race in US history, focusing in particular on the political dimensions of chronological age in debates over women’s rights and racial justice.  She is the author of The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).  With Nicholas Syrett, she co-edited Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York University Press, 2015) and a roundtable for the American Historical Review on "Age as a Useful Category of Historical Analysis."  Her current book project, tentatively titled "Grand Old Women: How Abolitionists and Feminists Transformed Aging in America," is a collective biography of leading women's rights activists who grew old in public during the nineteenth century.  Women such as Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Frances Harper, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony attained their greatest influence after age fifty and remained active into their sixties, seventies, and eighties.  Field's research explains how these women pushed back against stigma that we would now call "ageism," how they theorized the intersections of age, race, and class in women's lives, and how their persistent activism opened new possibilities for women's security and fulfillment in later life. 

Field is a co-founder of the History of Black Girlhood Network, an informal collaboration of scholars working to promote research into the historical experience of black girls, and she was a co-organizer of the Global History of Black Girlhood Conference held at the University of Virginia, April 17-18, 2017.  She was the inaugural Mellon-Schlesinger fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, in 2018-2019 and has also held fellowships from the Schlesinger Library, the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington Library, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Photo credit: Tony Rinaldo Photography

Selected publications:

2020             Co-editor and contributor with Nicholas Syrett, "AHR Roundtable: Chronological Age: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review (April): 371-459.

2019             "'What does come after?': Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Speculative Sociology of Aging Beyond Youth," Studies in American Fiction (Fall): 289-320.

2019             Invited co-editor with Lakisha Simmons, special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color 7, no. 1 (Spring).

2017             "What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Age in Early America?" 17, no. 2 

2016             Editor and contributor, "The History of Black Girlhood: Recent Innovations and Future Directions," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Fall): 383-401.

2015             Co-editor with Nicholas Syrett, Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York University Press).

2014             The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, Gender and American Culture Series).