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Kathleen Alaimo received her undergraduate degree in history from Brooklyn College in New York. She continued her studies at the University of Chicago where she earned a master's degree in European history and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her Ph.D. in modern European history with a secondary field in women's studies. Professor Alaimo joined the SXU faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor. She has served as chair of the History and Political Science Department, as director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, as senior project director in the Honors Program, as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as provost of the University.

She enjoys cooking and gardening, and loves to travel.


Ph.D. in Modern European History

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. in European History

University of Chicago

Areas of Specialization

Her research focuses on the social construction of childhood and adolescence in modern European history and on the emergence of children's rights in Europe and the United States. 

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History since 1500
  • HIST 211: Women in Modern Europe
  • HIST 2XX: History of Modern France
  • HIST 2XX: History of the Enlightenment
  • HIST 321: The French Revolution
  • HIST XXX: Feminism in Comparative Perspective
  • HIST 395: Senior Seminar

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Scholar Recognition Award, Saint Xavier University
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Travel Grant
  • Bourse Chateaubriand for Research in France, Ambassade de France
  • WARF Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin
  • Knapp Foreign Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin
  • Oseau Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
  • James Lea Cate Fellow, University of Chicago
  • Jesse Clarkson Award, Brooklyn College


She has served as an editor and reviewer for a number of scholarly journals such as History of Education Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and French Historical Studies.

"Children's Rights" in Stephen Farenga and Daniel Ness, eds., Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development, vol. 2, (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2005): 348-377.

"The Authority of Experts: The Crisis of Female Adolescence in France and England, 1880-1920," in M. J. Maynes, B. Soland, C. Benninghaus, eds., Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005): 149-163.

Co-edited book, with Brian Klug: Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002) 286 pp.

"Historical Roots of Children's Rights in Europe and the United States," in Alaimo and Klug, eds., Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (Lanham, MD: UPA, 2002): 1-23.

"Juvenile Delinquency and Hooliganism in Europe from 1500 to the Present," in Peter Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of European Social History, vol. 3, (New York: Scribner's, 2001): 383-397.

"Adolescence, Gender, and Class in Education Reform in France: The Development of Enseignement Primaire Sup√®rieur, 1880-1910," French Historical Studies 18:4 (Fall 1994): 1025-1055.

"Shaping Adolescence in the Popular Milieu: Social Policy, Reformers, and French Youth, 1870-1920," Journal of Family History 17:4 (Fall 1992): 419-438.

"Childhood and Adolescence in Modern European History," Journal of Social History 24:3 (March 1991): 591-602.