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First Name
Last Name
University of California at Davis
Website URL
U.S. Gender and Women, African American Women and Electoral Activism, Puerto Rico, women in Puerto Rican independence movement
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Personal Info

About Me

Lisa G. Materson is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and a specialist in U.S. women’s and gender history. Her work is focused on women’s involvement in social and political justice movements in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of For the Freedom of Her Race: Black Women and Electoral Politics in Illinois, 1877–1932 (UNC 2009), and articles on Puerto Rican women’s independence activism and African American women’s internationalism.  She is co-editor with Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor of The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (OUP, 2018) and is currently completing a manuscript entitled, “American Nationalist: Ruth Reynolds and the Struggle Against U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico,” which combines a feminist biography of Ruth Reynolds (1916-1989) with a microhistory of her multiple activist communities to examine the gendered and transnational history of the Puerto Rican independence movement.

Recent Publications

Selected publications

The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, ed. with Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor (Oxford University Press, 2018).

 “African American Urban Electoral Politics in the Age of Jim Crow,” with Joe William Trotter, Jr.  Journal of Urban History, 44, no. 2 (2018): 123-33.

“Gender, Generation, and Women’s Independence Organizing in Puerto Rico.” Radical History Review, 128 (2017): 121-146.

For the Freedom of Her Race: Black Women and Electoral Politics in Illinois, 1877-1932 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).


Media Coverage
CSPAN American History Interview:
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Politics, Race, Women