MPC Primary Research Areas
My research on married women's work is a continuation of work I began in graduate school. I am currently digitizing state labor bureau surveys that are not available in the Historical Labor Statistics Project series. Please get in touch if you are interested in using data from this research. I plan to release public-use versions of the datasets eventually.
For a decade from 2001 I co-ordinated the North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP) at the Minnesota Population Center. NAPP is an international collaboration co-ordinated by the MPC to harmonize and distribute historical (19th and 20th century) census data for social science and historical research. I am particularly interested (and have a lot of experience) in classifying occupations in historical census data. I coded hundreds of thousands of occupations in the IPUMS-USA census samples and the 1880 U.S. census complete-count dataset.
I did my PhD in history at the University of Minnesota. My dissertation looked at married women's labor force participation in the United States between 1860 and 1940. The main data sources I used were census samples from the IPUMS and the 1880 complete count census in the North Atlantic Population Project, as well as survey data from the 1888-90, 1917-19 and 1935-36 Cost of Living surveys and surveys of consumer expenditures. I also worked extensively with interviews of workers from the Hawthorne works of the Western Electric company for insight on public opinion about married women's work in the 1920s and 1930s. Please contact me if you are interested in reading any of this work.