Elaine May

Regents Professor of American Studies and History, and Chair, Department of History, University of Minnesota

Elaine Tyler May is Regents professor of American studies and history, and chair of the Department of History, at the University of Minnesota. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians, and past president of the American Studies Association. Her books include Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy (forthcoming, 2017); America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (2010); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1988, 4th revised edition forthcoming 2017); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (1997); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (1996); and Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (1980). She is co-editor, with Reinhold Wagenleitner, of Here, There, and Everywhere: The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture (2000), a collection of essays that originated at a session of the Salzburg Global Seminar. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Daily Beast, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among others. She is a recent recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation


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