Professor Kimberly Jensen


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Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She received her Ph.D. in Women's and United States History from the University of Iowa in 1992. She teaches courses in 20 th century United States History, Gender Issues in Historical Perspective, Health, Medicine and Gender in Historical Perspective, and American Voices: Autobiography, Biography and Memoir in American History.

Professor Jensen’s book Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007) analyzes the strategies of women physicians, nurses, and women-at-arms who linked military service with the opportunity to achieve professional and civic goals in the First World War and who acted to address violence against women. See

Research for that project resulted in several articles and chapters including “A Base Hospital is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall: American Women Nurses, Hostile Work Environment, and Military Rank in the First World War,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26:2 (Fall 2005); “Uncle Sam’s Loyal Nieces: American Medical Women, Citizenship, and War Service in World War I,” in Judith Walzer Leavitt ed. Women and Health in America 2 nd ed. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999); “Women, Citizenship, and Civic Sacrifice: Engendering Patriotism in the First World War,” in John Bodnar, ed. Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 1996).

She is currently writing a biography of the life of Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D. (1869-1967) suffrage and public health activist, and organizer and director of international medical relief. She has published two studies concerning Lovejoy’s life and activism: “Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., the First World War, and a Feminist Critique of Wartime Violence,” in Alison Fell and Ingrid Sharp, eds., The Women’s Movement in Wartime: International Perspectives 1914-19 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and “‘Neither Head nor Tail to the Campaign:’ Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912,” OregonHistorical Quarterly 107:3 (Fall 2007): 350-383. With Erika Kuhlman, she is editing a volume of essays on women and transnational activism in the 19 th and 20 th centuries.

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