Publications & Media
I was trained as a historian and immersed myself for decades in interdisciplinary, social-justice focused studies. I am committed to public scholarship, creative writing, and the power of under-told stories and experiences. I identify strongly as a writer who supports other writers. My research and writing underscore all my other work.
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Work That Matters: A Guide to Careering for Idealistic Women (work in progress)
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Modern Motherhood: An American History (Rutgers University Press, 2014) Purchase on Amazon
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Making History: A Guide to Historical Research through the National History Day Program (ABC-Clio, 2006) Purchase on Amazon
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Poems in the Mother Tongue (lulu.com, 2019) Purchase on Amazon
New York Times, “It’s 2021: Why is ‘Supermom’ still around?” (2021)
New York Times, “Early Motherhood has always been miserable,” (2019)
Coulee Region Women, “The Woman-Friendly Workplace,” (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016), pgs. 31-32
Wisconsin Public Radio, “Modern Motherhood: An American History,” Wisconsin Public Radio (2015)
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio “The Reset,” “What the declining birth rate says about American Motherhood,” (2021)
Additional Academic Publications
“Twentieth-Century Motherhood: Promises, Pitfalls, and Continuing Legacies,” The American Historian, 2016.
"Finding Maternal Histories,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (Spring/Summer 2014), introductory article for special issue: “Mothers and History.”
“Medicine, Modernity, and the Maternal Body” Nursing Clio (May, 8, 2014)
“Mama Bear as Micromanager: The Evolution of Cultural Ideals of Motherhood in the Berenstain Bears Book Series, 1960-2000,” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 5:1 (Spring 2003): 135-147.
“’A Look at the Total Knowledge of the World’: The University of Minnesota, the Land-Grant Tradition, and the Politics of Public Higher Education, 1950-1990,” History of Education 32: 1 (Spring 2003): 57-79.
“’There’s Got to be More Out There’: White Working-Class Women, College, and the Better Life, 1950-1985,” International Labor and Working-Class History 62 (Fall 2002): 99-120.
“Teaching Motherhood in History: The Challenge of Private Experience in a Tradition of Public Narrative,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 39:3/4 (Fall/Winter 2002): 234-255.
“The Manly Pursuit of a Partnership Between the Sexes: The Debate Over Women and Girls in the YMCA, 1914-1933.” The Journal of American History 78 (March 1992): 1324-1346.
“Mama Bear as Micromanager: The Evolution of Cultural Ideals of Motherhood in the Berenstain Bears Book Series, 1960-2000,” reprinted in a “best of journal” book, Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice, Andrea O’Reilley, ed., Toronto: Association for Research on Mothering, 2004.
“Native Americans and the Federal Government: A Guide to Sources,” with Louise Edwards-Simpson, in National History Day 2003: Rights and Responsibilities in History, Bea Hardy and Cathy Gorn, eds., College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 2002.
“A Research Roadmap for Your History Day Topic,” in National History Day 2002: Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History, Bea Hardy and Cathy Gorn, eds. College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 2001.
National History Day 1999: Science, Technology, Invention in History. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Cathy Gorn, eds., College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 1998.
National History Day 1998: Migration in History. Edited by Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Cathy Gorn. College Park, MD: National History Day, Inc., 1997.
“Self-Starter Women: Women Entrepreneurs in the Upper Midwest,” Seven Magazine, 2018.
“Seven Ways Motherhood Has Changed,” Coulee Parenting Connection, 2017.
“Listen to Your Mother: Learn Her History,” Humanities Booyah, Wisconsin Humanities Council Blog, 2015.
“Here’s What Women Really Want,” Jodi Vandenberg-Daves and Betsy Morgan, River Valley Business Review, December 5, 2008.