University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History


Faculty - Felicia Kornbluh

Felicia Kornbluh - Facial Photo in her office at Women and Gender Studies

Felicia Kornbluh, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Princeton, 2000
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Post-1945 U.S. history, legal history, the history of women and gender, social welfare, disability history, and African American history

Contact Information
Email: Felicia Kornbluh

Office Hours, Location and Class Schedule

Felicia Kornbluh is an Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Vermont.  She is also the president of United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont, and an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and American Association of University Professors.  Kornbluh is the co-author, with Gwendolyn MInk, of the forthcoming Ensuring Poverty: The History and Politics of Welfare Reform, a study of the origins and effects of the welfare reform law passed in the United States in 1996.  She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Poverty and Politics in Modern America (University of Penn. Press, 2007) and is at work on Rethinking the Disability Rights Movement in the United States (with Audra Jennings, Routledge Press, forthcoming 2017).  Her articles on history, law, culture, and politics have appeared in the Journal of American History, Feminist Studies, Radical History Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and many other journals, as well as in such periodicals as The Nation, In These Times, and the Women's Review of Books.   

She teaches on the history of law, on the U.S. since 1945, and on the history of poverty.  Her GSWS Program courses include the Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, GSWS 100: "Gender and Feminism(s)," and topical courses such as "Feminist Theory in Historical Perspective" and "Sex, Gender, and Disability."  Her interests range from the history of blindness and organizations of blind people; to the legal effects of social movements on the basis of gender, sexuality, and disability; to cultural memories of social and political change. 

Kornbluh has been a scholar, writer, and activist for over three decades -- starting with her leadership of the children's advocacy and journalism organization CHILDREN'S EXPRESS when she was in high school, and extending to her work at the U.S. House Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, at the think tanks the Urban Institute and Institute for Policy Studies, for Reverend Jesse Jackson, and as a leader of the Women's Committee of 100, a network of feminist writers and scholars committed to the proposition that "a war against poor women is a war against all women."


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