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Laura Prieto

Laura Prieto

Laura Prieto
Professor of History and Women's and Gender studies, Chair of the Department of History
MCB C-319C

Laura Prieto received her B.A. from Wellesley College, and her A.M. and Ph.D. in History from Brown University. She teaches courses in American cultural history, women and gender, race formation, sexuality, and historical methodology. Her essay on early 20th-century women missionaries to the Philippines appears in the anthology, Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and American Empire (Duke University Press, 2010). She recently published an online project on American feminist abolitionists in Women and Social Movements in the United States ( Her book, At Home in the Studio: The Professionalization of Women Artists in America (Harvard University Press, 2001) studies how women painters, sculptors, and illustrators created a professional identity for themselves in the face of exclusion. Her ongoing research centers on American women, colonized women, and imperialism during the era of the Spanish-American War. She is also at work on a book surveying "Women in America: Issues and Controversies" for Facts on File.

Professor Prieto recently contributed to the online review volume, _Subjecting History_, edited by Trevor Getz and Thomas Padilla.  Her essay is titled "In Loving Memory of her Little Girl: Past, Present, and Place in the Gladys Potter Garden." _Subjecting History_ is a collection of over a dozen essays, global in scope, about alternative ways of studying, commemorating, remembering, and contesting the past. Its purpose is to explore how we can build a more democratic process for understanding the past and its role in society today. The seventeen essays comprise a collaboration between professional scholars and the public to explore the way that we individually and collectively interpret events from the past.   This collaboration occurs in the digital space of <>, where scholars and members of the public are invited to comment publicly on the papers that are of interest to them.

Professor Prieto has also contributed to The Beehive, the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her entries can be found on their website under the titles "Guest Post: Research Fellow Finds More Than She is Looking for in Sarah Louisa Guild's Diary" and "Guest Post: Uncovering A Passionate Friendship".