Assistant Instructional Professor
Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies Committee

Assistant Instructional Professor
Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies Committee

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

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Field Specialties

Modern European history; US and the world; histories of feminism, women and gender, and human rights; 20th century social movements


Peggy's historical interests, research, and teaching center on human bodies, human rights, and the twentieth-century social movements that sought to protect, or liberate, both. She teaches classes on topics from war to women and gender to natural disasters, asking students to consider the ways in which people's embodied experiences of the world affected their politics, social networks, actions, and narratives of the past.

Peggy is currently working on her first book, WITHOUT CHILDREN: The Long History of Not Being a Mother, forthcoming with Basic Books/Seal Press. Her writing—on human rights, bodily rights, and care, as well as food, culture, motherhood, fashion, and gender—has recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jezebel, History Workshop, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Atlas Obscura, as well as Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

In addition to her teaching and writing, Peggy works with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to oversee undergraduate advising, mentorship, and programming in the Department of History.

Peggy received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2016-2017, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. From 2017-2018, Peggy was a postdoctoral instructor at the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago.


"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.