Turk, Katherine

Assistant Professor

Office:  JO 3.928

Areas of Specialization:  Women and gender; politics, law and social movements; the twentieth century United States

Education: MA in History, University of Chicago, 2007
PhD in History, University of Chicago, 2011

Katherine Turk is Assistant Professor of History. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a graduate certificate in Women, Policy and Political Leadership from American University, and a PhD in History with distinction from the University of Chicago. At Chicago, Dr. Turk was awarded the Wayne Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She also received the 2012 Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in women's history. She was on leave from UT Dallas in 2011-2012 while she held a Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Professor Turk researches and writes about postwar American feminism and the challenges of defining and creating sex equality amidst fractious interest group politics, legal and bureaucratic institutions, diverse populations of workers, and seismic shifts in American political economy. Her first book, Equality on Trial: Sex and Gender at Work in the Age of Title VII (Politics and Culture in Modern America Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming), analyzes struggles to interpret and implement workplace sex discrimination law from the 1960s to the 1990s. Her articles about feminism, law, labor and sexuality have been published or are forthcoming in the Journal of American History, Law and History Review, the Journal of WomenÂ’s History, and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. Her September 2012 article in the Indiana Magazine of History was awarded the Thornbrough Prize by the Indiana Historical Society. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and the American Society for Legal History.