Alice Kessler-Harris is professor of history and former director of women’s studies at Rutgers University, where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. Among her numerous publications are Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States; A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences; and U.S. History as Women’s History: New Feminist History, edited with Linda Kerber and Kathryn Kish Sklar. A graduate of Goucher College (A.B.), Kessler-Harris has won a number of fellowships, awards and honorary degrees. Her current work examines the gendered construction of social policy and culture.