Melanie Gustafson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. Her teaching areas include United States history and American women’s history.
Her scholarly work has focused on women and political parties in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. In addition to publishing numerous articles and essays, she has authored Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924; co-edited with Kristie Miller and Elisabeth Perry We Have Come to Stay: American Women and Political Parties, 1880-1960; co-edited with Mark Stoler Major Problems in the History of World War Two; and edited volume four of American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues and Values that Shaped U.S. History. She is also the author of the American Historical Association's Becoming a Historian: A Survival Manual for Women and Men. She has presented talks on her work to both academic audiences and community groups.
As an Associate of Clio, Inc., a new media company, she was a major contributor to Click! The Ongoing Feminist Revolution, a web exhibit which can be viewed at http://www.cliohistory.org/click/. For Clio, she also she participated in the production of the film documentary, Miss America. For more information on the film go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/missamerica/index.htmland for more information about Clio go to http://www.cliohistory.org.
Professor Gustafson has served as President of the New England Historical Association and on the Vermont Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.