Jennifer ArmigerJennifer Armiger


Ph.D., University of Delaware
M.A., University of Delaware
B.A., The College of New Jersey

119A Social Sciences
Phone: (518) 442-5480
Fax: (518) 442-5301


Undergraduate Courses:

His 101: American Political & Social History II
His 325: The Quest for Equality in United States History
His 390: Topics in American History (That 70’s Course 1968-84)

Current Research Interests:

I am primarily a historian of recent U.S. history (post-1945) and my research spans the fields of policy history and transformations in the political economy; women’s and gender history; social history; business history; labor history; legal history; and the history of technology. Currently, I am working on a book project, tentatively entitled The Gender of Industrial Decline: The Shaping of Equal Opportunity Policy in 1970's America and the Fall of the Liberal Order. In the book, I seek to better understand why the legislation and policies designed to further gender equity in the workplace did not always have their intended impact and failed to produce more robust outcomes over time. Focusing on the long-term contraction of the postwar, affluent economy, the decline of the family wage and the uptick of women’s demands for greater equity in the workplace, I follow these transformations through a sex discrimination case, the decline of industry and the broader economic restructuring that impacted America and the global community in the 1970s and early 1980s. I find that the convergence of these factors shaped the limits of liberal policy, ultimately impoverishing women’s claims to the equal opportunity legacy.

In conjunction with the book project, I am currently working on an article for publication from this research that examines the impact of firms and businesses upon equal opportunity workplace rights in the 1970s, tentatively entitled: “What Was Good Enough in the 1960s is Not Good Enough Today”: Sex, Race and Business Opposition to Equal Opportunity Policy in 1970’s America. In addition, I am pursuing a line of research that compares the limits imposed upon individual workplace rights, as well as collective workplace rights (or unionized labor) in the context of industrial decline and economic restructuring in 1970's and 1980's America. I will present a paper on this topic at the New Jersey Forum conference in the fall of 2012.

I recently presented a paper from my research at the Business History Conference, for which I received the Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Social Responsibility; and I will be presenting at the Policy History Conference this summer of 2012. In the past, I have presented at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, and I have received a number of prizes and fellowships for my research, including the Griswold research grant in legal history from the American Historical Association; a national fellowship from the American Association of University Women; the Rovensky Fellowship in American Business and Economic History; the Sypherd Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Humanities from the University of Delaware; and a Hagley Fellowship in the study of the history of technology, business and consumption at the University of Delaware.

Most Recent Publication:

  • Forthcoming- Review of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (Jefferson Cowie, New York: New Press, 2010), Labor History
  • 2009- Review of Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation (Anthony J. Yanik,
  • Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2009), Michigan Historical Review, October 2009

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