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Lara Vapnek

Acting Director, MA Public History
Ph.D., Columbia University

Educational Background
Ph.D., History Department, Columbia University, 2000
M.Phil., History Department, Columbia University, 1994
M.A., History Department, Columbia University, 1992
B.A., Barnard College, magna cum laude, with Honors in History, 1990

Lara Vapnek specializes in the history of gender and labor in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States.She is the author of Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 (2009) and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary (2015). Vapnek’s articles appear in Feminist Studies, the Journal of Women’s History, and No Permanent Waves: Recasting the History U.S. Feminism.  Vapnek serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as a scholarly advisor to the New-York Historical Society and the Alice Austen House.  She is a Fellow at the New York Academy of History.  Her current research examines the history of infant feeding and public health in New York City from the 1850s through the 1930s.​