Sarah Summers

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Major Field: Modern European and Gender History
Konrad Jarausch; co-adviser: Karen Hagemann

BA New York University, 2004 (German Language and Literature, with Honors; History)
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
MA Thesis: “Rethinking the Private Sphere: The West German New Women’s Movement Challenges to the Gendered Order, 1968–1978”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

Research Interests

My dissertation project “Reconciling Family and Work: The Gendered Division of Labor and Women’s Emancipation in West Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s” analyzes the influence of women’s activism on public debates and social policy concerning reconciling family and paid work for parents. Methodologically, I proceed with an expanded concept of feminism and “women’s movement” in West Germany that includes women in the trade unions, political parties, academics, and journalists, in addition to autonomous feminists. In doing so, I aim to understand the tensions between debate that advocates a new conceptualization of the gendered division of labor and social policy in Germany that continues to reinforce a “male-breadwinners/part-time earner and homemaker” gendered division of labor in the family. My other academic interests include Russia and Eastern Europe, gender historical methodologies and theories, comparative welfare regimes, political culture, civil society and public sphere, and social movements. I am a member of the Working Group in Gender and History and I have written several book reviews for H-German.

Curriculum Vitae

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