Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man (Oxford, 2015)

“Julie Des Jardins’ new book, Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man, has invigorated the genre of biography, as well as the field of sports history, with her fascinating examination of the making of a man, and his influence on American culture…She has given us a volume that is sure to become a touchstone for students and researchers of sports history.”

Pellom McDaniels III, former member of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, and Curator of African American Collections, Woodruff Library, Emory University


“Des Jardins masterly places Camp and football at the center of several currents–fears of emasculation, especially among the educated elites, Taylorism and industrial time management, race suicide, and the development of leisure and spectator sports. And she is not simply hagiographic: while evincing affection and admiration for Camp, she is also not blind to his faults, especially in the increasing brutality of the game.”

Michael Kimmel, Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University




 The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science (Feminist Press, 2010)

“A fascinating book about the lives and struggles of women scientists.”

                 –Beverly Whipple, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University


The Madame Curie Complex deconstructs the idea of the quintessential female role models in science.”

               –Barbara Jasny, Deputy Editor for Commentary, Science magazine

“The story of women in science is an ongoing tale of discrimination and misunderstanding–and of smart females finding ways to use their brains and creativity, despite formidable barriers.  Julie Des Jardins has done a wonderful service by assembling their history.  Give this book to Lawrence Summers!”

               –Claudia Dreifus, author of Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times




Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity (Westview, 2012)


“[One of] an eclectic collection of books, readily accessible to students who will be able to see the contributions of women in many fields over the course of our history.  Long overdue, these books will be a valuable resource for teachers, students, and the public at large.”

               –Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers and Daughters of Liberty


“Just what any professor wants: books that will intrigue, inform, and fascinate students!

               –Mary Beth Norton, Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, Cornell University




Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory (UNC, 2003) 

“Integrating the contributions of black and white scholars, academic and popular historians, librarians, archivists, and activists, Des Jardins recasts our understanding of women’s roles in preserving, writing, and disseminating American history. She provides a particularly rich analysis of the early ideological and intellectual struggles to shape narratives of women’s history and feminism, struggles that have left their imprint on today’s scholarship…A wonderful read, a brilliant intervention in the history of History, and a fascinating introduction to the development of women’s history in the decades before World War II.”

               –Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University



Julie Des Jardins is an author, editor, scholar, and cultural analyst focusing on women and gender in American culture. She has written several books, including Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man (Oxford, 2015), Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity (Westview, 2012), The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science (Feminist Press, 2010), and Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory (UNC, 2003). She has a Ph.D. in American history from Brown University and has taught at Harvard, Macalester, and as Professor of History at Baruch College, City University of New York. She has spoken all over the country, using her research on the history of science to help women in STEM navigate the gendered culture of their fields. Along with appearing on NPR, C-SPAN Book TV, the BBC, and television and radio programs in Canada, New Zealand, England, and Ireland, she edits book monographs and coaches potential authors, both academic and trade. Currently, she is working on a film documentary on Walter Camp and American masculinity, consulting on several historical projects focused on gender and race in America, and writing the biography of pioneering media mogul Missy Meloney.