Participant Info

First Name
Jennifer Robin
Last Name
University of California, Berkeley
Website URL
childhood, child labor, culture, class, women, gender, environment, American West, World War II, popular culture, myth, and propaganda
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of 19th and 20th century social and cultural U.S. history. My research situates the history of childhood within broader themes where children’s experiences are often overlooked, such as in war, civil rights, and the labor force.  I earned a B.A. and M.A in American History from Sacramento State and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley, where I am currently a visiting lecturer.

My current book project, A Century of Denial: Farming and Child Labor in America, 1906-2012, analyzes how myth and rural folkways hindered the regulation of child labor in the agriculture industry throughout the twentieth century. In doing so, this project exposes a significant factor in rural poverty and explores the marginalization of working-class rural children for whom education, health, and well being were/are sacrificed for the production of agricultural products.  I have also published articles that look at the intersection of children’s lives with war, labor, popular culture, and top-down child development philosophy.

Recent Publications

“The Wolf at the Door: Child Actors in Liminal Legal Spaces,” (Roundtable on Children and the Law) Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11, no. 1 (Winter 2018): 57-62.

“Cultivating Healthy Personalities: Iowa and the Midcentury White House Conference on Children and Youth,” Annals of Iowa 75, no. 2 (Spring 2016): 130-163.

“They ‘used to tear around campus like savages’: Children’s and Youth’s Activities in the Santo Tomás Internment Camp, 1942-1945,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 5, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 87-117.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Family, Gender, Urban History, Women, World War II