Women's and Gender Studies Chair & Associate Professor
Office: RDJC 207
Ph.D. American Civilization, Brown University
M.A. American Civilization, Brown University
M.A. English, Carnegie-Mellon University
B.S., cum laude, University of Michigan, Natural Resources
Mary K. Trigg is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. Trained in women’s history and American Studies, her scholarship focuses on the history of feminism and social movements in the United States; motherhood studies and women, work, and family; and women’s/feminist leadership. Trigg is also Director of Leadership Programs and Research at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, and is the founding director of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program. In her time at Rutgers she has also served as Associate Director of the Center for Women and Work.
Trigg is the author or editor of three books: the edited anthology Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change (Rutgers University Press, 2010), the monograph Feminism as Life’s Work: Four Modern American Women through Two World Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2014), and Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Social Movements (co-edited with Alison R. Bernstein, Rutgers University Press, 2016 which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title). Trigg also served as consulting editor for the three-volume biographical dictionary Great Lives from History: American Women (Salem Press, 2016). She is currently series editor for Junctures: Case Studies in Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University Press.
Trigg’s current book project Of Mothers and Time: Temporality and Experiences of Motherhood in the United States, 1920-1960 draws on photography, literature, media, as well as oral histories to investigate the ways that rural mothers, African-American mothers, and Irish-American Catholic mothers responded to cultural imperatives about time and mothering. Bringing together literature on temporality and on the history of motherhood, Of Mothers and Time explores the multiple temporalities that characterized experiences of motherhood in the United States in these years, and the ways that working-class mothers resisted linear concepts of time that valorized time discipline, productivity, and scientific motherhood.
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
- Winner of 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Trigg and Bernstein, eds., Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Social Movements (Rutgers University Press, 2016).
- School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education 2015, Rutgers University
- Institute for Research on Women Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2007-2008
- Nominee, Outstanding Woman Educator, Rutgers Women on the Rise, 2007
- Program Officer’s Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, for “Re-imagining Work and Community: Perspectives from Professional Women in Dual-Earner Families,” 2001-2003
- NHPRC Fellow in Historical Documentary Editing, 1995-1996
- Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies, 1984
- Brown University Fellowship, 1981-1985
- Carnegie Corporation Grant, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1979-1980
- Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 1983-1984
Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Social Movements. Rutgers University Press, 2016. (Edited with Alison R. Bernstein).
Feminism as Life’s Work: Four Modern American Women through Two World Wars. Rutgers University Press, 2014.
Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change. Rutgers University Press, 2010. (Edited anthology.)
Professor Trigg’s articles and reviews have appeared in leading journals including:
- The American Historical Review
- American National Biography
- Community, Work & Family
- Journal of Women’s History
- Liberal Education
- Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society