Liette Gidlow

Associate professor Department of History


Associate Professor Liette Gidlow earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Cornell University, a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree in history from Ohio State University. Before joining academia she worked as a legislative staffer in the U.S. Congress and as chief of staff to a member of the Ohio Senate.

A specialist in 20th century politics, women's history, and mass culture, she has published two books: The Big Vote, which analyzes how massive, non-partisan voter turnout campaigns in the 1920s helped establish new norms of "expert citizenship" and "consumer citizenship"; and Obama, Clinton, Palin, a collection of essays by top-ranking historians that takes the long view on the historic 2008 presidential election.