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Cristina Groeger

Lecturer in History


U.S. History
Urban Inequality
History of Education
Immigration and Migration
Women and Gender Studies


PhD in History, Harvard University
MPhil in Political Thought, University of Cambridge
BA in Social Studies, Harvard University


History 235:  American Cities
History 228:  Inequality and Reform, U.S. 1865-1920

Selected Publications

Paths to Work: The Rise of Credentialed Inequality in the United States (book manuscript in preparation)

“A ‘Good Mixer’: University Placement in Corporate America,” History of Education Quarterly, forthcoming

“Introduction: Learning Democracy in the New Gilded Age” in “John Dewey’s Democracy and Education at 100,” ed. Cristina Groeger, Special Issue, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 16:4 (2017), forthcoming

“Review Essay: The Long History of Segregation and Desegregation in the Urban South,” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming

“Radicalism and Conservatism,” in A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: The Making of Modern America, eds. Christopher Nichols and Nancy Unger (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2017), pp. 362-378

“Book Review: Those Good Gertrudes: A Social History of Women Teachers in America, by Geraldine Clifford.” The New England Quarterly 88:4 (2015): 727-729

Selected Papers Presented

January 2018 “The Science of Care: The Domestic Worker Labor Market and the Limits of Reform in Boston, 1880-1940” to be presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

June 2017 “Domestic Service and Domestic Science in Progressive-Era Boston,” presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

April 2017 “Servants and Schools: Educational Policy as Labor Policy in Progressive Era Boston,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

January 2017 “Learning a Trade: The Politics of Industrial Training in Boston, 1880-1940,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

October 2017 “Becoming White Collar: Class, Gender, and Education in Boston, 1880-1930,” Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, IL

January 2016 “Aspirations of Mobility and the Reproduction of Inequality in Boston, 1880-1940,” presentation sponsored by the Immigration and Urban History Seminar, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA

November 2015 “Worlds of Work in Late Nineteenth Century Boston,” Social Science History Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

November 2013: “Hierarchies of Knowledge: The Changing Educational Landscape of Boston,” Society for United States Intellectual History Conference, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA

Awards and Honors

2017 Henry Barnard Prize for Best Graduate Student Article, History of Education Society

2015-2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2015-2016 Charles Warren Center Dissertation Research Grant, Harvard University (declined)

2015 Flaherty Visiting Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Boston

2015 Taubman Center Urban Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

2014 New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant

2014 Boston Area Research Initiative Research Seed Grant