The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is calling for panel proposals for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Meeting and the American Historical Association (AHA) Meeting. The deadlines for submitting proposals for panels for the 2018 OAH and AHA annual meetings are January 16, 2017, for the OAH and February 15, 2017, for the AHA.

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For the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2016 has been another good year. In his final letter as SHGAPE President, Lloyd E. Ambrosius shares some of the important developments that have occurred in 2016.

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Member Spotlight – Julia Irwin, PhD

Julia IrwinAssociate Professor of History
SHGAPE Membership Secretary

University of South Florida



Julia Irwin, SHGAPE’s Membership Secretary, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on the role of humanitarian aid in 20th century U.S. foreign relations. She is the author of Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening (Oxford University Press, 2013), as well as a number of articles on U.S. humanitarian aid in the First World War era. She is now working on a second book-length project, Catastrophic Diplomacy, a history of U.S. foreign disaster assistance from the Progressive Era to the 1960s.


Jeremy C. Young’s article, “Transformation in the Tabernacle: Billy Sunday’s Converts and Emotional Experience in the Progressive Era” (JGAPE, July 2015), examined the revival movement of Billy Sunday, the most successful evangelist of his age, by analyzing the experiences of his followers. Religious conversion through Sunday’s influence, Young argued, represented more than just a momentary preference; it was a carefully considered and deeply meaningful choice that transformed both converts’ identities and the world in which they lived.

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The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is issuing a call for proposals to edit its flagship publication, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The term of appointment, which will begin in August 2017, will extend for five years and may be renewed. The editor is supported by a book review editor, an on-line editor, and an editorial board representative of a broad range of methodologies and areas of specialization. The position requires support from the editor’s home institution, which generally includes course release time and some level of administrative assistance. Click to read more…

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Dear SHGAPE Members, For the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2015 was a good year. We look forward to another productive year in 2016. I am delighted that the January 2016 report from Cambridge University Press shows that our total membership has increased from 253 in 2014 to 287 in 2015. Click to read more…

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The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) announces its biennial competition for the Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize. The prize is awarded in odd-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920 published during the two years preceding the year of the award. It must be the author’s first book. The prize is given in honor of Vincent P. DeSantis, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, a distinguished historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Click to read more…

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Member Spotlight – Kristin Hoganson, PhD

Professor of History
Associate Professor of EUI
Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies
Center for Global Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Kristin Hoganson is Professor of History and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests lie in placing the United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, and women’s and gender history. Her first book, Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (Yale UP, 1998), studied international relations and gender history to show how gendered concepts of citizenship and political leadership influenced political leaders’ desire to wage conflicts.

Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (UNC Press, 2007), emphasizes that globalization was not merely a phenomenon brought to regions beyond America’s shores by American military might and industrial power. Imports, immigrants, geographical knowledge, and consumer preferences ensured that globalization happened in America itself. Her current research focuses on the local history of the U.S. heartland: Once Upon a Place: The U.S. Heartland Between Security and Empire (Penguin Press, forthcoming). Hoganson received her PhD from Yale University.”


Member Spotlight – Cara Caddoo, PhD

Cara Caddoo
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Assistant Professor, Media School
Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Cara Caddoo is a an historian of film, mass media, race, and African American history.   Her first book, Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life, is a history of early African American cinema from the 1890s to the 1930s.  In the late nineteenth century, an era marked by mass migration and Jim Crow segregation, African Americans were pioneers of American cinema. They produced and exhibited their own motion pictures, often transforming black churches into motion picture theaters during off hours. These film exhibitions raised money for black institutions, created shared social experiences, and broadcast ideas about racial uplift. As African Americans integrated the moving pictures into their aspirations for black progress, a vibrant black cinema culture developed across the pathways of turn-of-the-century migration. These developments informed the first mass black protest movement of the twentieth century, which politicized the demand for visual self-representation and articulated the belief that mischaracterizations in film constituted “civil death” and a violation of “natural rights.”

This book won the 2015 Vincent J. DeSantis Prize for the Best Book on the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

  • Ph.D., History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2013)
  • M.A., Integrated Media Arts, Hunter College, City University of New York (2007)
  • M.A., African American Studies, Columbia University (2005)


Member Spotlight – Lauren MacIvor Thompson, PhD

Lauren MacIvor Thompson
Visiting Assistant Professor
Kennesaw State University
Visiting Fellow
GSU College of Law

Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson received her Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University in May 2016. Her research interests center on the legal and medical history of American women’s health, and the early birth control movement in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She graduated from the University of Virginia, and also holds a master’s degree in Public History from Georgia State University. She has published in the University of Virginia’s Essays in History and the University of Alabama’s Southern Historian, and serves as an editor for both the “Nursing Clio” blog and H-NET’s H-Disability list.