Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Western U.S., California, and Women’s History
Michelle Jolly holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of California at San Diego. She teaches courses in American social and political history from the 16th through the 19th century, the history of California and the West, and the history of women in the United States. Her research and publications include work on gender and politics in gold-rush San Francisco, including an article that won the 2005 Catherine Covert Award in Mass Communication History, awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. More recently, she has directed the Sonoma County Women's Oral History Project on the women's movement in Sonoma County from 1970 to 1990, supported by a California Stories Initiative grant from the California Council for the Humanities. In addition, she has served as an academic coordinator for several Teaching American History projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, in which she collaborates with K-12 teachers and university faculty in workshops on U.S. history teaching (content and pedagogy) in K-12 classrooms.
“The Price of Vigilance:Gender, Politics, and the Press in Early San Francisco.” Pacific Historical Review, November 2004. Winner 2005 Catherine Covert Award in Mass Communication History, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
“Sex, Vigilantism, and San Francisco in 1856,” Common-Place, 3:4 (July 2003), www.common-place.org