Photo by Stephanie Dilworth

Photo by Stephanie Dilworth

Nadasen teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in history and women’s studies and has advised Master’s and Ph.D. students at Columbia University, Queens College, and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Nadasen’s approach to teaching is to convey to students that historical memory is deeply contested terrain. Research questions are shaped by intellectual interests and knowledge base, academic or historiographical imperatives, as well as available archival material. The primary source material available to historians to reconstruct the past is far from representative or comprehensive. People who kept the most extensive archives or whose voices were well documented dominate the historical record. In general, the poor, the illiterate, or people who didn’t perceive their actions as historically important were less likely to keep papers and documents. Archival collections, oral histories, and official records are as deeply implicated in how and why historians write what they write as the questions they ask and the professional sanctions that honor certain works of history over others. This perspective has bridged both Nadasen’s scholarship and teaching. She encourages students to think about alternative narratives, look critically at primary source documents, and consider whose voices are missing from the historical record.


Sample Courses

Freedom Dreams: Struggles for Justice in the U.S. and Beyond

Maids and Madams:  Nannies, Maids, and Care Workers in a Global Economy

Transnational Feminism

Oral History and Community Activism

The Civil Rights Movement

The U.S. Welfare State

Poverty, Race, and Gender in U.S. History

American Women’s History in the 20th Century

Survey of American Civilization Since the Civil War

African American Women’s History

Slavery, Gender, and Culture