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UNI Women's History Month lecture explores role of women in globalization of U.S.

March 13, 2012

Barbara Cutter, director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kristin Hoganson, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "Buying into Empire: U.S. Women and Consumer Culture at the Dawn of our Global Era," at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in 002 Sabin Hall, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Hoganson’s lecture will write U.S. women into the history of empire around the turn of the twentieth century by focusing on American consumer culture.  While histories of empire often sideline U.S. women, focusing instead on male government officials, investors, strategic thinkers, and servicemen, Hoganson finds that middle-class U.S. homemakers were more than just beneficiaries of imperial power relations, they were also important actors in the international political economy, and participated in the globalization of the United States.

Hoganson specializes in the U.S. in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism and transnational history. Her current research on the U.S. explores the relations between security and empire.

For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or