Kathryn J Oberdeck

Associate Professor of History
African American Studies
Associate Professor of Center for African Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • US 19th and 20th Century Cultural and Intellectual History, Working-class history, Histories of space and place, Comparative U.S. and South African History


  • Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University, 1991
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 1981


  • Fall 2012: History 172, US History Since 1877

Office Hours

  • Fall 2012: Thurs. 1:15 to 3:00 pm and by appointement



  • The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment, and Cultural Politics in America,1884-1914 . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Book Contributions

  • Oberdeck, Kathryn J., and Frank T. Higbie. ""Labour and Popular Print Culture"." Oxford History of Popular Print . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • "“Competing Geographies of Welfare Capitalism and its Workers: Kohler Village and the Spatial Politics of Planned Company Towns” ." Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space . Ed. Andrew Herrod, Susan McGrath-Champ, and Al Rainnie. Edward Elgar, 2010.

  • ""Archives of the Unbuilt Environment: Documents and Discourses of Imagined Space in Twentieth Century Kohler, Wisconsin,." Archive Stories: Evidence, Experience, History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

Journal Articles

  • Oberdeck, Kathryn J. "“Of Tubs and Toil: Kohler Workers in an Empire of Hygiene, 1920-2000” ." International Review of Social History 55 (2010): 447-483.

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