Elaine Tyler May

Regents Professor
American Studies
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20th century United States history, women and family, women's social history, The Cold War era gender, sexuality, politics

Elaine Tyler May is a historian of the United States in the twentieth century whose work centers on the intersections of gender, sexuality, domestic culture and politics.  Her scholarship explores the ways in which issues normally considered part of private life – such as consumerism, and leisure pursuits – reflect, express, and influence American political, cultural, and social values.  Her books and articles examine changing expectations for marriage in the early 20th century, family and sexuality in the cold war era, the history of women, and the history of childlessness and reproduction in America.   Her current research project is an examination of the legacy of the cold war at home, which explores the ongoing quest for national and personal security in terms of Americans’ sense of danger from within as well as outside the country.

Selected Publications
Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. May, Elaine, Basic Books, Author, 2008 edition.

Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life. May, Elaine, Patricia Hampl, Borealis Books, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Co-Editor, 2008.

Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States. May, Elaine, Co-Author with Jacqueline Jones, Peter Wood, Thomas Borstelmann, Vicki Ruiz, Longman Publishers, Author, 2002.

Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness. May, Elaine, Harvard University Press, Author, 1996.

Pushing the Limits: American Women 1940-1961. May, Elaine, Author, 1994.