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University of Michigan
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street harassment, sexual harassment, catcalls, ogling, public space, urban space
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About Me

Molly M. Brookfield is a PhD candidate in the departments of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

She is currently writing a dissertation on the history of street harassment in the United States, tentatively titled Watching the Girls Go By: Citizenship and Sexual Harassment in the American Street, 1850-1980. Drawing on a wide range of archival materials—including newspaper reports, anti-street harassment laws, and personal letters detailing incidents of harassment—this dissertation demonstrates that men’s harassment of women curtailed women’s access to public space even as that access grew. It argues that uninvited looks, catcalls, sexual remarks, and similar intrusive behaviors have restricted women’s free movement through American urban space throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Before coming to Michigan, Molly received an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London and worked for several years in museums, archives, and historic sites.

Recent Publications

“Why It’s Bad When It’s ‘Not That Bad.’” Nursing Clio. May 1, 2018.

Review of The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History’s Front Lines by Amy M. Tyson. Public Archaeology 14, no. 1 (February 2015): 75-77.

“Telling Real Women’s Stories at Historic Sites.” History@Work, a Blog by National Council on Public History. February 6, 2013.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Museums, Public History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women