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Last Name
Mapel Bloomberg
Hamline University
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women's rights, woman suffrage, nineteenth century social movement, Midwestern history, rural women's history, Great Plains, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Clara Bewick Colby, gender history, women's history, sexual violence, Title IX, coeducation, college women
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About Me

Kristin Mapel Bloomberg is professor women’s studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she also holds the Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities.  She received her PhD from the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Bloomberg’s scholarly work focuses on the history, culture, and literature of American women of the long nineteenth century in the Trans-Mississippi West.  She has published on a variety of topics such as women’s social and civic organizations, woman suffrage, women and early co-education, and women-authored journals and novels.  She is currently at work on a biography of Nebraska woman’s rights advocate Clara Bewick Colby.

Her additional scholarly interests include sexual violence on college campuses and Title IX.

Recent Publications

Refereed Articles

“Women and rural Social Reform in the 1870s and 1880s: Clara Bewick Colby’s ‘Farmers’ Wives.’” Agricultural History, 89.3 (2015): 402-425.

“‘How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow!’: Clara Bewick Colby and the Beatrice Public Library Association in the 1870s.” Nebraska History 92.4 (2011): 170-183.

“The Violet Study Club of Minneapolis.” Kristin Mapel Bloomberg and Johnanna Ganz. Hennepin History 70.1 (Winter 2011): 4-17.

“’Part and parcel of a great cause,’ The St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing.” Kristin Mapel Bloomberg and Leah S. McLaughlin. Ramsey County History 44.4 (Winter 2010): 10-18.

“Woman Suffrage in Nebraska 1855-1882.” Nebraska History Quarterly 90.2 (Summer 2009): 84-103.

“Nineteenth Century Methodists and Coeducation: The Case of Hamline University.” Methodist History 47.1 (Oct. 2008): 48-62.

“She will marvel that it should have been possible: The Political Equality Club of Minneapolis.” Kristin Mapel Bloomberg and Erin Parrish. Minnesota History 60.3 (Fall 2006): 113-122.

“Cultural Critique and Consciousness Raising: Clara Bewick Colby’s Womans Tribune and Late-Nineteenth-Century Radical Feminism” Ed. James Danky. Women in Print: Authors, Publishers, Readers, and More since 1876 (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005), 27-63.


150 Lives that Make a Difference. Eds. Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, Thelma Boeder, Linda Gesling, Margot Galt, Phyllis Mauch Messenger, Mary Rockcastle and George Vane, (St. Paul: Hamline University Press, 2005).

Tracing Arachnes Web: Myth and Feminist Fiction (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Rural & Agrarian History, Sexual Violence, Women