Member Spotlight – Maureen A. Flanagan, PhDMaureen Flannigan

Professor of History
Chair, Department of Humanities
Interim Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology

Prof. Flanagan is an urban historian specializing in Chicago history and comparative processes of urbanization in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of Flanagan’s scholarly work focuses on issues of gender and urbanization. Flanagan also specializes in U.S. history generally with particular emphasis on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is currently writing a book comparing the underlying gender assumptions that shaped the built environments of Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto from the 1870s to the 1940s.

Select Articles:  

“Private Needs, Public Space: Public Toilets Provision in the Anglo-Atlantic Patriarchal City: London, Dublin, Toronto and Chicago,” Urban History 41 (May 2014).

“Housing the Homeless: Gender and the Lodging House Problem in the Early Twentieth Century Anglo-American City”

“Middle-class Women as Cosmopolitans: London’s Octavia Hill, Alexandra College Dublin, and the Chicago Woman’s City Club in a Transatlantic Era”

Select Books:

Working Title: Consolidating the Patriarchal City: Gender Ideals and the Built Environments of Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto, 1870s into the 1940s

Seeing with Their Hearts: Chicago Women and the Vision of the Good City, 1871-1933

America Reformed: Progressives and Progressivisms, 1890s-1920s

Select Awards & Honors:

NEH Fellowship for College Professors
Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellowship to Egypt
Superior Achievement Award from Illinois State Historical Society for Seeing With Their Hearts


Video - Illinois During the Gilded Age: The Founding of Hull House (2003)

Dr. Maureen Flanagan, of Michigan State University, discusses the development of Jane Addams’ Hull House, which was a settlement house on the near west side of Chicago, that opened in 1889.

This movie is part of the collection: Northern Illinois University Library Digital Initiatives

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