Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor Emerita of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook

Field of Specialty

Women's history. Social history. History of Education. History as Theater. Jewish women's history. Women and gender studies.

Contact Information

Brown Social Science Center 314

Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is a social and cultural historian, with special interests in the history of American women; history-as-theater; the history of education, and women’s biography. She has written widely on the history of women, and on Jewish women, and is currently working on a book on women’s liberation and Jewish identity. She is also a prize-winning historical dramatist, and works with her students to create original documentary dramas on matters of social urgency.


Antler, Joyce, Guest Editor, ed. "Beyond the Ivory Tower: American Jewish History for A Public Audience," in American Jewish History. 98:2 2015.

Antler, Joyce, ed. Why Jewish Women's History Matters: An Archive of Stories in Honor of Gail Reimer. 2014 ed. Brookline, Ma.: Jewish Women's Archive, 2015.

Antler, Joyce. ""Gerda Lerner, Citizen-Scholar: "Because of My Jewish Experience"." Why Jewish Women's History Matters: An Archive of Stories in Honor of Gail Reimer. Ed. Antler, Joyce. Brookline, Ma.: Jewish Women's Archive, 2015. 4.

Antler, Joyce. "Feminist Reflections: Gerda Lerner , "History and Gender"." Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 36. (2015): 6.

Antler, Joyce. "Marriage Equality: An American Jewish View." AJS Perspectives (2014): 32-34.

Antler, Joyce. "Is There Such A Thing As Jewish Fiction? (Symposium)." Moment May/June 2012.

Antler, Joyce. "Paula Hyman: Jewish Feminist Historian, 1946-2011". November 2, 2012. <http://bingdev.binghamton.edu/jwh/?page_id=691>.

Antler, Joyce. “Remembering Gerda Lerner: The ‘Mother’ of Women's History,. January 3, 2013. Jewish Women's Archive. <http://jwa.org/blog/remembering-gerda-lerner-mother-of-womens-history>>.

Antler, Joyce. “Shulamith Firestone, 1945-2012: In Memoriam”. August 31, 2012. Jewish Women's Archive. <http://jwa.org/blog/shulamith-firestone-1945-2012-in-memoriam>>.

Antler, Joyce. "Campus Conversations on Race at The Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess'." (2012): <http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/inside/blog/campus-conversations-race-gershwins-porgy-and-bess/6287>.

Antler, Joyce. "Students Discuss Race, Responsibility in Theater." (2012): <Brandeis NOW>.

Antler, Joyce. "“One Clove Away From a Pomander Ball: The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Female Comedians”." Jews and Humor. vol. Studies in American Civilization 22 Ed. Leonard Greenspoon. Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2011. 155-174.

Antler, Joyce. "'We Were Ready to Turn the World Upside Down': Radical Feminism and Jewish Women." A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America. Ed. Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn, and Rachel Kranson. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2010. 210-234.

Antler, Joyce. "One Clove Away from a Pomander Ball: The Subversive Potential of Jewish Women’s Humor." Studies in American Jewish Literature 29. (2010): 123-138.

Antler, Joyce (with Elinor Fuchs). ""History as Theater"." Perspectives on History 47. 2 (2009): 23-25.

Year One of the Empire. By Joyce Antler and Elinor Fuchs. Antler, Joyce. Metropolitan Playhouse, New York CIty, March 2- March 31, 2008.

Antler, Joyce. ""They Raised Beautiful Families": Jewish Mothers' Child Rearing and Community Building." Imagining the American Jewish Community. Ed. Jack Wertheimer. Lebanon, N.H.: Brandeis University Press, 2007. 212-231.

Antler, Joyce. You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother. Paperback edition, February 2008 ed. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Antler,Joyce. "The Gift of Jewish Women's Comedy, in re/collections." Newsletter of the Jewish Women's Archive (2005).

Antler,Joyce. "'Introduction,' and 'Women's Identities '." IN OUR OWN VOICES: A GUIDE TO CONDUCTING LIFE HISTORY INTERVIEWS WITH AMERICAN JEWISH WOMEN., 2004. 74-77.

Antler,Joyce. Televisions Changing Image of American Jews. University of Southern California, 2000.

Antler,Joyce, rev. ed. paper. The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America. Schocken Books, 1999.

Antler,Joyce, ed.. Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture. Hanover NH: Brandeis University Press, 1998.

Antler,Joyce. Journey Home: Jewish Women and the American Century. New York: The Free Press, 1997.

Antler, Joyce. "A Bond of Sisterhood: Ethel Rosenberg, Molly Goldberg, and Radical Jewish Women of the 1950s." Secret Agents: The Rosenbergs, McCarthysim, and Fifties America. Ed. Marjorie Garber and Rebecca Walkowitz. New York: Routledge, 1995. 197-214.

Antler, Joyce. "Between Culture and Politics: The Emma Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs and the Promulgation of Women's History, 1945-1989,." U.S. History as Women's History. Ed. Linda Kerber, Alice Kessler-Harris, and Kathryn Kish Sklar. University of North Carolina Press, 1995. 267-295.

Antler, Joyce. "Sleeping with the Other: The Impact of Feminism and Gender Studies on American Jewish Literature." The Influence of Feminist Studies on Jewish Studies. Ed. Lynn Davidman and Shelly Tenenbaum. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994

Antler, Joyce. ""The Making of A New Mind: American Women and Intellectual Life"." The Mythmaking Frame of Mind: Social Imagination and American Culture. Ed. Joan Scott, et. al.. New York: Wadsworth Press, 1992. 239-269.

Antler,Joyce, Elisabth Israels Perry & Ingrid Winther Scobie. The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women. University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Antler,Joyce and Sari Knopp Biklen, co-ed. Sara Alpern. Changing Education: Women as Radicals and Conservators. State University of New York Press, 1990.

Antler,Joyce, ed.. America & I: Short Stories by American-Jewish Women Writers. Boston: Beacon Press, 1990.

Antler,Joyce. Lucy Sprague Mitchell: The Making of a Modern Women. Yale University Press, 1987.

Antler,Joyce. The Educated Woman & Professionalization: The Struggle for a New Feminine Identity, 1890-1920. NY: Garland Publishing Company, 1987.

Antler, Joyce. ""Was She A Good Mother?" Some Thoughts on a New Issue for Feminist Biography." Women and the Social Structure. Ed. Barbara Harris and Jo Ann McNamara. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1984. 53-66.

Antler,Joyce. Year One of the Empire: A Play of American Politics, War, and Protest. Houghton Mifflin, 1973.

Courses Taught

AMST 40a Women in American History
AMST 124b American Love and Marriage
AMST 150a The History of Childhood and Youth in America