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First Name
Megan
Last Name
Threlkeld
Affiliation
Denison University
Website URL
https://denison.edu/people/megan-threlkeld
Keywords
US women's history, women's international/transnational activism, US foreign relations, international cooperation, world citizenship, world government, conscientious objection
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About Me

I am primarily a historian of U.S. women’s internationalism. My first book analyzed U.S. and Mexican women’s efforts at cooperation during the years of the Mexican Revolution. My second book is a study of women’s arguments for world citizenship and campaigns for world government between 1900 and 1950.

I also have a growing interest in U.S. constitutional history, particularly related to gender, citizenship, the Fourteenth Amendment, civil rights, and civil liberties. I have published two articles in this new (to me) field: one is an analysis of Rosika Schwimmer’s 1929 citizenship case, and the other is a survey of Supreme Court opinions on conscientious objection during the years of the national draft (1917-1973).

Recent Publications

Citizens of the World: U.S. Women and International Government, 1900-1950 (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press)

“Women’s Politics in International Context,” America in the World, 1900-1945, eds. Brooke L. Blower and Andrew Preston, vol. 3 of The Cambridge History of America in the World, ed. Mark Philip Bradley (Cambridge University Press; in process)

“‘The War Power is Not a Blank Check’: The Supreme Court and Conscientious Objection, 1917-1973,” Journal of Policy History 31, no. 3 (July 2019): 303–25.

“‘Chaos, War, or a New World Order?’ A Radical Vision of Peace and World Government in the 1930s,” Peace & Change 43, no. 4 (October 2018): 473–97.

“Education for Pax Americana: The Limits of Internationalism in Progressive-Era Peace Education,” History of Education Quarterly 57, no. 4 (November 2017): 515–41.

“Twenty Years of Worlds of Women: Leila Rupp’s Impact on the History of U.S. Women’s Internationalism,” History Compass 15, no. 6 (June 2017). doi: 10.1111/hic3.12381.

“Teaching & Learning Guide for: The History of U.S. Women’s Internationalism” History Compass 15, no. 6 (June 2017), doi: 10.1111/hic3.12382.

“Citizenship, Gender, and Conscience: United States v. Schwimmer,” Journal of Supreme Court History 40, no. 2 (July 2015): 154–71.

Pan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

“The Inter-American Commission of Women: Sources on Hemispheric Solidarity” in Women and Social Movements International (Alexander Street, 2012).

“How to ‘Make This Pan American Thing Go’? Interwar Debates on U.S. Women’s Activism in the Western Hemisphere,” in Women and Transnational Activism in Historical Perspective, eds. Kim Jensen and Erika Kuhlman (Republic of Letters, 2010), 173–92.

“The Pan American Conference of Women, 1922: Successful Suffragists Turn to International Relations,” Diplomatic History 31, no. 5 (November 2007): 801­–28.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Gender, Law, Women, World War I, World War II