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Linda Gordon

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Linda Gordon is an American feminist and historian. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her MA and PhD in Russian History from Yale University. She taught at the University of Massachusetts-Boston from 1968 to 1984 as well as at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she was awarded the Vilas Research Chair, the university’s most prestigious chair professorship. Today, she is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. Her research interest include examining the historical root of contemporary social policy debates in the US, particularly in regards to gender and family issues. She also published a historical study, "Heroes of Their Own Lives", which examines how the U.S. has dealt with domestic violence. She was awarded the Joan Kelly prize by the American Historical Association for that study. Gordon also served on the National Advisory Council on Violence against Women during the Clinton administration.

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