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Julia Mickenberg

Associate Professor Ph. D., University of Minnesota

Julia Mickenberg



Julia Mickenberg is the author of Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, The Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States (2006), which won the Grace Abbott Book Prize from the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the Children's Literature Association's Book Award, the Pacific Coast Branch Award from the American Historical Association, and the Hamilton Book Award. She is also co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature (2008) and The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature (2011). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and her A.B. from Brown University.

Research Interests

Professor Mickenberg's current book project, for which she was awarded a Humanities Research Award from UT and an NEH fellowship, is tentatively entitled "The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945." The book is under contract from the University of Chicago Press. She

Courses Taught

Main Currents in American Culture, 1865-present; U.S. Cultural History; Society, Culture, and Politics in the 1960s; Women Radicals and Reformers; Children's Literature and American Culture; The Culture of the Cold War; Modernism, Feminism, and Radicalism; Cultures of U.S. Radicalism; The Cold War and American Childhood; Childhood Studies; and Practicum in Teaching American Studies


History of the Left/Radical Cultures, Children's Literature, Women's History, History of Childhood, Russian Studies, Americans abroad, utopia



The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945. Under contract with University of Chicago Press.

Leaning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States (Oxford U.P., 2006).

Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, edited with Philip Nel (New York U.P., 2008).

The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature. Edited with Lynne Vallone. (Oxford U.P., 2011).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Suffragettes and Soviets: American Feminists and the Specter of Revolutionary Russia." Journal of American History 100 (March 2014), 1021-51

“Radical Children’s Literature Now!” (co-authored with Philip Nel). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, forthcoming, fall 2011.

“The New Generation and the New Russia: Modern Childhood as Collective Fantasy.” American Quarterly 62:1 (March 2010): 103-134.

“Nursing Radicalism: Some Lessons from a Postwar Girls’ Series.” American Literary History 19:2 (summer 2007), 491-520.

“Of Funnybones, Steam Shovels, and Railroads to Freedom: Juvenile Publishing, Progressive Education, and the Politicization of Childhood, 1919-1935,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 28:3 (Fall 2003), 144-57.

“Civil Rights, History and the Left: Inventing the Juvenile Black Biography.” MELUS (Multi Ethnic Literature of the United States) 27:2 (Summer 2002), 65-93.

“Communist in a Coonskin Cap? Meridel Le Sueur’s Books for Children and the Reformulation of America’s Cold War Frontier Narrative.” The Lion and the Unicorn 21 (1997), 59-85.

“Left at Home in Iowa: ‘Progressive Regionalists’ and the WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa.” Annals of Iowa 56 (Summer 1997) 233-56. *Honorable Mention, Throne-Aldrich Award for best Annals article of 1997.

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