Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Illinois State University
Website URL
childcare, women's work, women's activism, social reform, reform in San Diego
Additional Contact Information
Available for Media Contact starting 09/01/18

Personal Info

About Me

Kyle E. Ciani is Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University, and a Core Faculty Member in their Women and Gender Studies Program. Ciani’s research, teaching and service interests revolve around the histories of women’s wage earning, social justice, and activism in the Americas. She has provided research and archival consultation to the National Woman’s Party at Belmont-Paul Woman’s Equality National Monument and participated in crafting the Congressional Commission Report on the potential for an American Museum of Women’s History. Ciani has been a NEH Summer Scholar, and received the Strand Diversity Award and several teaching awards from Illinois State University. Ciani’s interests in women’s labors and activism derive from her former position as Associate Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County, an experience that prompted her to enter graduate school as a way to educate others to the importance of understanding the long-term affects of domestic violence. She earned her Ph.D. in the history of women and gender from Michigan State University, and M.A. and B.A. degrees in History from the University of San Diego.

Recent Publications

Choosing to Care: A Century of Childcare and Social Reform in San Diego, 1850-1950 — forthcoming in Spring 2019, University of Nebraska Press.

Kyle E. Ciani, “A ‘Growing Evil’ or ‘Inventive Genius’: Anglo Perceptions of Indian Life in San Diego, 1850-1900,” Southern California Quarterly, 89:3 (Fall 2007): 249-284.

Kyle E. Ciani, “Hidden Laborers: Female Day Workers in Detroit, 1870-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 4:1 (January 2005): 23-51.

Kyle E. Ciani, “Revelations of a Reformer: Helen D. Marston Beardsley and Progressive Activism,” Journal of San Diego History 50:1/2 (Summer/Fall 2004): 102-123.

Media Coverage S30 E30: Women in the Workplace, Paradoxes of the Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Failures and Successes,
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Museums, Sexual Violence, Women