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Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, where she teaches American, Jewish, and women’s history.  She earned her BA from Goucher College and her PhD from Rutgers University.  Her research has won awards from the American Jewish Archives Center, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Peace History Society, the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Harvard University, the Sophia Smith Collection, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, among others.  She is a frequent lecturer in both academic and community settings and serves on the academic advisory board of the Jewish Women’s Archive.  Dr. Klapper is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of  Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005) and Small Strangers:  The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007) and articles in such publications as the Journal of American History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive  Era, and Lilith Magazine.  Her most recent book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s  Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013), won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.

Lecture Topics:

  • Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s Pre-World War II Activism
  • Were These Women Different From All Others?  A Brief History of American Jewish Women
  • Patriots or Pacifists?  American Jews Before World War II
  • A History of Jewish Education in America