Elaine Tyler May
Regents Professor of American Studies and History, University of Minnesota
Topics of Expertise:
History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life
Elaine Tyler May, Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota, received her Ph.D. in United States History from UCLA in 1975. She taught at Princeton University in the Department of History from 1974 to 1978, and then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota. She has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and President of the American Studies Association, and as the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History at University College, Dublin, Ireland. In 2001 the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota awarded her the Dean’s Medal for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity.
Her interests include the history of the Cold War era, women and the family in the United States, the history of sexuality and reproduction, and the relationship between private life, politics and public policy. Her publications include Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (University of Chicago Press, 1980); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (Basic Books 1988, new edition 1999); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (Oxford University Press, 1996); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (Harvard University Press, 1997); and America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation. She is also co-editor of Here, There and Everywhere: The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture (University Press of New England, 2000), and co-author of a college-level United States history textbook, Created Equal: A History of the United States (Longman, 2003).