Assistant Instructional Professor
Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Assistant Instructional Professor
Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies Committee


PhD'16 University of California, Berkeley
AB'09 Pomona College


Spring Quarter Office Hours:
In person: Tuesday, 11:00am-5:00pm, 
Sign up link: https://calendly.com/peggyodonnell/history-advising
Remote: Friday. 3-5pm,
Sign up link: https://calendly.com/peggyodonnell/remote_advising


Website


Field Specialties

Modern Europe and US; histories of feminism, women and gender, and human rights; 20th century social movements


Biography

Peggy teaches and writes on feminism, women's movements, and motherhood in American and European history. Her current research interests center on motherhood, the environment, generational change, and the ways in which history weighs on the precent. Her first book, WITHOUT CHILDREN: The Long History of Not Being a Mother (Seal Press, 2023), explores the history of non-motherhood and non-biological parenthood in light of falling births and rising rates of childlessness today. Her writing—on human rights, bodily rights, and care, as well as food, culture, motherhood, fashion, and gender—has also recently appeared in Jezebel, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Peggy recieved her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to her teaching and writing, Peggy oversees undergraduate advising, events, and curriculum in the Department of History


Publications

Books:
WITHOUT CHILDREN: The Long History of Not Being a Mother, out April 18, 2023 from Seal Press.

Essays:
"Mothering in Bad Weather," coauthored with Bathsheba Demuth, Orion, March 5, 2021.
"Capitalism’s Baby Mania," Jezebel, August 29, 2019.
"Mayor Pete and the Millennial Paradox," Los Angeles Review of Books, May 28, 2019.
"The Settler Fantasies Woven into the Prairie Dresses," Jezebel, January 30, 2019.
"Loss, Doubt, and Liberation: Motherhood in 2018," History Workshop, October 24, 2018
"'A Gateway to Hell': A Nazi Mass Grave, Australian Forensic Scientists, and a 50 Year-Old Murder," Holocaust and Genocide Studies Volume 32, Issue 3, 1 December 2018: 361–383.