Kathryn J Oberdeck

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Research Interests

US 19th and 20th Century Cultural and Intellectual History, Working-class history, Histories of space and place, Comparative U.S. and South African History, Public and Digital History


Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University, 1991
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 1981


Spring 2019: History 271: Illinois History
Fall 2019: History 172, U.S. History Since 1877
Fall 2019: History 358, History Harvest: Collaborative Public Digital History
Spring 2018: History 386: Public History


Co-investigator, Humanities Without Walls: "The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record," with John Randolph, Principal Investigator, and Daniel Gilbert and Bonnie Mak, UIUC co-investigators, and Patrick Jones, Aaron Johnson and William Thompson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Sharon Leon, Michigan State University.

Co-Investigator, "THINK (The Humanities Innovating New Knowledge), Barbara Ransby, UIC and Jennifer Brier, UIC Principal Investigators, Devin Hunter, UIS, co-investigator

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427 Gregory Hall

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Research Output

The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment, and Cultural Politics in America, 1884-1914

Oberdeck, K. J., 1999, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 448 p. (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Review: B. McMahon's The Ford Century in Minnesota

    Oberdeck, K. J., Jan 1 2018, In : Business History Review. 92, 01, p. 217-219

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Labour and Popular Print Culture

    Oberdeck, K. J. & Higbie, F. T., Feb 20 2012, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920. Bold, C. (ed.). Oxford University Press, Vol. 6. p. 233-252

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Competing Geographies of Welfare Capitalism and its Workers: Kohler Village and the Spatial Politics of Planned Company Towns

    Oberdeck, K. J., Dec 1 2010, Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space. McGrath-Champ, S., Herod, A. & Rainne, A. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 179-196 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Of Tubs and Toil: Kohler Workers in an Empire of Hygiene, 1920–2000

    Oberdeck, K. J., Dec 1 2010, In : International Review of Social History. 55, 3, p. 447-483 37 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle