Participant Info

First Name
Anne M.
Last Name
University of Massachusetts Boston, Associate Lecturer of American Studies
Website URL
politics, diplomacy, culture, sports, race, gender, feminism, capitalism, Title IX, #MeToo
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Personal Info

About Me

Anne M. Blaschke, an Associate Lecturer in the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a lecturer in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women and Sexuality at M.I.T., is a historian of modern American political culture. She researches and teaches the history of race, gender, diplomacy, capitalism, and sport in American politics. Blaschke is currently completing her first book, “Foxes, Not Oxes: Women’s Athletics in American Political Culture.” Her book tells the story of Black female college students who created an elite women’s track and field network between 1888 and 1988, arguing that in the increasingly politicized venue of sport, women athletes of color presented themselves as highly feminine political actors who shaped a diverse, gender-conscious network of political and diplomatic influence. After the passage of Title IX, furthermore, women athletes across race advocated for fair pay in an increasingly neoliberal market. Blaschke is also working on a new book, “The Children of Title IX,” which traces the landmark 1972 law’s far-reaching impact into the 2000s. A disabled athlete, Blaschke has written and spoken widely on the historical context of Title IX and the #MeToo Movement. She writes publicly for the Washington Post and other outlets.

Recent Publications

“‘Sex and the City’ Ignored Sexual Misconduct–and is Facing the Consequences,” Washington Post, December 29, 2021

“Race, Gender, and Diplomacy” in Tyson Reeder, ed., The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations. London: Routledge Publishing, December 2021. pp. 24-39.

The Kavanaugh allegations show what we have — and haven’t — learned from Anita Hill,” Washington Post, September 18, 2018

“Why this is the Moment for a ‘9 to 5’ Sequel,” Washington Post, August 6, 2018

“Nassar’s Abuse Represents More than 50 Years of Men’s Power over Female Athletes,” The Conversation, January 20, 2018

“#MeToo is Undoing the Devil’s Bargain of the 1990s,” Washington Post, December 7, 2017

“Trump Snubbed the Warriors. But the Warriors will Come Out on Top.” Washington Post, July 7, 2017

“Running the Cold War: Gender, Race, and Track in Cultural Diplomacy, 1955-1975,” Diplomatic History, 2016

“The ‘Dulles Doctrine on Love’: Immigration, Gender, and Romance in American Diplomacy, 1956–1957,” Journal of American Studies, 2016

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Africa, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Capitalism, Diplomacy, Disability, Family, Gender, Government, Labor, Law, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Sports, Women