About

Joan Marie Johnson is a historian and author. She is the author of numerous books and articles on American’s women history, race, social reform, education, and philanthropy.

Her book, Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2017. It shows how wealthy women wielded their money to help make change for women, including winning the right to vote, access to higher education, birth control, and better conditions for working women.

 She is the author of Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism, 1875-1915 and Southern Ladies, New Women: Race, Region and Clubwomen in South Carolina, 1898-1930. She also co-edited a three volume historical anthology on South Carolina women, South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.

Joan received her PhD in 1997 from UCLA in women’s and Southern history, and taught history at Northeastern Illinois University for twelve years, She was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and now works in the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. Joan lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and three children.