department of history


Miriam Forman-Brunell


Director of MA in History
US Cultural and Social History, Childhood and Youth, Girls and Women, Visual and Material Culture, Digital Humanities

Affiliated Faculty, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Co-Director, Children & Youth in History

203A Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-5220

Curriculum Vitae


1990 Ph.D. American History, Rutgers University

1982 M.A. Women's History, Sarah Lawrence College

1977 B.A. Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

Courses Taught 

> HIST 101  US History to 1877

> HIST 354  Women in Modern America

> HIST 368  Children and Youth in American History

> HIST 370  Introduction to Material Culture

> HIST 498  Capstone Course



Co-Editor, Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations & Identities, Peter Lang, 2015

Co-Editor, Dolls’ Studies: The Meanings of Girls’ Toys & Play. Peter Lang, 2015

Co-Editor, Girls’ History & Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century. University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Co-Editor, Girls’ History & Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century. University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Babysitter: An American History, New York University Press, 2009.

Editor, Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of Girlhood, 1830-1930 (Yale UP, 1993; Johns Hopkins, 1998)

Editor,The Story of Rose O'Neill, An Autobiography. University of Missouri Press, 1997

Recent Articles

“Interrogating the Meanings of Dolls: New Directions in Doll Studies,” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 5 (1) Summer 2012

"Girls' Labor and Leisure During the Progressive Era," Teaching History

“Barbie in LIFE: Life of Barbie” (Object Lesson), Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 2009: 303-311.

“Anxious Adults & Bad Babysitters: The Struggle over Girlhood in Interwar America,” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2 (1), (Summer 2009): 130–147.

Co-author (with Julie Eaton), “The Graceful and Gritty Princess: Managing Girlhoods from the New Nation to the New Millennium,” American Journal of Play Vol. 1, No. 3, Winter, 2009: 338-364.

Current Projects

Co-Editor, Girls’ Economies and Cultures
Girls in America: A History of Girlhoods

Grants, Honors & Awards

2007-2010 National Endowment for the Humanities, Material Development Grant, (with Kelly Schrum)

2008 University of Missouri Research Board Grant, Book Subvention

2008 Women's & Gender Studies Research Grant, UMKC

2006 Faculty Development Leave, UMKC