Research Areas

U.S. Women’s History; U.S. Social History; U.S. Family History; History of the Culture of Professionalism; Gender Studies


B.A. Hunter College

M.A. University of Michigan

Ed.D. Harvard University

Patricia Palmieri

Patricia Palmieri

Patricia Palmieri

I grew up in Fresh Meadows, New York, attended public schools, skipped the 8th grade in a program known as "special progress" and graduated from Hunter College. I was in the last "all girl" class and we wore buttons to "ban the boys." I studied Russian Intellectual History at the University of Michigan and later taught that subject and others at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, NY where I was Chair of the History Department. I hold a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and have taught U. S. social histroy and women's history at many colleges and universities.
including holding two endowed visiting chairs in Women's Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Deniison University. In addition to my current project, I am an amateur color photographer and write poetry and essays.

Current Projects

Single in America: A History, 1870 To the Present is the first social history of never married heterosexual Americans from the Gilded Age onward. Using diaries, letters, magazines, sex questionnaires and lonely hearts club records, my book restores the voices of singles. I explore how they were viewed and how they interpreted their own lives. I present their contributions to American culture.

Representative Publications

In Adamless Eden: The Community of Women Faculty at Wellesley College, 1875-1930. (Yale University Press)