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Prof. Andrea Foroughi
Director of Women's and Gender Studies


My love of history began as a young girl reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, a biography of Abigail Adams, and Louisa May Alcott's spunky heroines. My main research interests as a historian developed in part from these female-centered books and some of the historical issues raised in them: female and male gender roles;women's rights; and interactions between American Indians and whites. I have studied a Minnesota couple's Civil War correspondence and what it reveals about gender during the national conflict; examined how manuscript and printed maps represent competing American Indian and European land claims leading up to the Seven Years War; and analyzed the gendered content and symbols in political cartoons of Abraham Lincoln. As with my scholarship, the courses I teach reflect my early interests. I offer American women's history, colonial through the present with a separate course on the history of women's rights and citizenship; American Indian history and a comparative North American frontiers course; the Civil War; and "Hands-On" History, using archival materials and interning at a local museum.


Phone: 518.388.7109
Fax: 518.388.6422
Office: Women's Studies Lounge
           Reamer Campus Center 302 


Advisory Board

Charles Batson, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Claire Bracken, Department of English
Deidre Hill Butler, Department of Sociology
Michelle Chilcoat, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Gail Donaldson, Department of  Psychology
Andrew Feffer, Department of History      
Andrea Foroughi, Department of History
Janet Grigsby, Department of Sociology
Gail Golderman, Schaffer Library
Judith Lewin, Department of English
Jennifer Matsue, Department of Music
Teresa Meade, Department of History
Lori Marso, Department of Political Science
David Ogawa, Department of Visual Arts
Zoe Oxley, Department of Political Science
Stacie Raucci, Department of Classics