Katherine Parkin, PhD
PhD, Temple University
Office: Howard Hall, Room 335
Regularly Taught Courses:
US Women's History
History of Sexuality in America
Cultural History of Advertising
Katherine Parkin is writing a social and cultural history of women and cars in the twentieth century U.S.
Food is Love: Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
Leap Year Postcard Database
Dr. Parkin has compiled an extensive database that catalogs Leap Year postcards from 1904 through 1920.
“Glittering Mockery”: Twentieth-Century Leap Year Marriage Proposals,” Journal of Family History 37(1) January 2012: 85-104.
"The Key to the Universe: Springsteen, Masculinity, and the Car," in Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon, edited by David Izzo. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2011.
“It’s Up to the Women: House Work and Identity in American Life,” Gender & History 22(2) August 2010: 451-457.
“The Sex of Food and Ernest Dichter: The Illusion of Inevitability.” Advertising & Society Review 5(2) 2004.
“Campbell’s Soup and the Long Shelf Life of Traditional Gender Roles.” Kitchen Culture in America: Representations of Food, Gender, and Race. Ed. Sherrie A. Inness. University of Pennsylvania Press, January 2001.
Invited lecture to the Annual Glass Seminar, “Advertising Pyrex to Women: 100 Years,” at the Corning Glass Museum, Corning, New York, October 16-17, 2015.
In December 2005, I was an invited presenter at a symposium in Vienna, Austria, where I presented my paper, "'The Power of Real, Unadulterated Sex': Ernest Dichter, Libido, and American Advertising."
Monmouth University history professor Katherine Parkin talks about men, the automobile, and mobility in late twentieth-century American culture. She also discusses how the music of Bruce Springsteen is central to capturing the meaning of the car for both men and women.
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