Department of History



Cindy Gissendanner

Professor of History
PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Office:   LA 4238
Phone:   410-704-2920
Fax:   410-704-5595

Cindy Gissendanner earned her PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 for her dissertation titled “The Female Athlete in American Society: 1860-1940.” She is currently working on a book titled, “The Block: A Social and Political History of Baltimore’s Vice District, 1904-Present.” She specializes in ,nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. History, social and cultural history history of women, labor, and sexuality, LGBT history, and the history of sports.

Selected Publications:

  • "Transforming a Survey Course on U.S. Women." Women's Studies Quarterly 26, no. 3/4 (1998): 99-114.
  • "African American Women Olympians: The Impact of Race, Gender, and Class Ideologies." Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 67 (1996): 172-83.
  • "African-American Women and Competitive Sport, 1920-1960." In Women, Sport, and Culture, ed. Susan Birrell and Cheryl L. Cole, 81-92. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1994.

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “From Rosie the Riveter to Susie Homemaker: Myths and Realities in the 1940s and 1950s,” Lecture presented at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center for the MD NOW/MWHC Women’s History Symposium, June 2010.







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