A leading historian of the American women’s experience, University of California-Riverside History Professor Catherine Allgor will be the featured guest at this year’s Salameno History Lecture. Free and open to the public, Allgor’s presentation, “What Every American Needs to Know about Women's History,” will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 4 p.m. in Stonehill’s Martin Institute.
"We are delighted that Prof. Allgor will be delivering this year’s Salameno Lecture. She is one of the nation’s leading scholars not only on U.S. women’s history but also on the period of the early Republic. In addition to giving the lecture, Prof. Allgor will also be meeting with a couple of Prof. Linzy Brekke-Aloise’s classes, and so we are very much looking forward to her visit,” said Stonehill’s Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor of History John Rodrigue.
After a career in the theatre, which included time at Plimoth Plantation, Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley as a Frances Perkins Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in history. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award.
Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History at Yale University and the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. women's history in the country.
Allgor's book, “Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government” (University Press of Virginia, 2000), won the James H. Broussard First Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
From 2002-2004, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University.
Allgor began her teaching career at Simmons College and has been at the University of California-Riverside since 2001. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious Presidential Chair from the university.
Allgor has written on politics, women, and religion for several national publications. Her biography, “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation” (Henry Holt, 2006), was a finalist for the George Washington Prize, was the 2007-2008 selection for the UCR F1RST Book, and was made into an American Experience film, “Dolley Madison.”
In 2012, Allgor’s published her latest book, “The Queen of America: Mary Cutts’s Life of Dolley Madison” (University of Virginia Press) which explores the memoir Mary Cutts wrote of her famous aunt.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens named Allgor its Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education in 2012 as well.
About the Salameno Lecture
The Salameno Lecture Series in History was created through the generosity of trustees Lawrence and Theresa Salameno, who sponsored the first endowed chair in the College's history. The Salameno's generosity allows Stonehill to bring some of the country's foremost scholars to campus.