Jessica Thurlow, PhD

Jessica ThurlowAssociate Professor of History; Program Chair
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 309
Telephone:  630-844-7858
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Jessica Thurlow is an Assistant Professor in History at Aurora University. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan's Department of History in 2006 and specializes in contemporary European and British History, women's and gender history, feminist history and the intersections of feminist activism and religion. Prof. Thurlow also has a Masters' degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex (U.K.) and received her BA in English Literature from Occidental College (Los Angeles). She teaches a broad range of courses including European History, Middle Eastern History, East Asian History, Historical Methodology and offers a May term travel course to Europe. She also teaches writing-intensive courses for AU's Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

PhD, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MPhil, History, University of Sussex, England
MA, English Literature, University of Sussex, England
BA, English and Comparative Literature, Occidental College, Los Angeles

Areas of Specialization:
British History
European and Imperial History
Women's and Gender History
History of Religion
History of Feminism
Social History

Courses Taught
Western Civilization
British History
European History
History of the Middle East
East Asian History
Problems in History (Focus on the First World War)
Senior Seminar in History
May Term Travel Courses to Europe
Culture, Diversity and Expression (writing intensive course for first-year students)

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Entry on British Feminism, Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Peter N. Stearns, ed. (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, March, 2008)

Book Review: Krista Cowman, "Mrs. Brown is a Man and a Brother!": Women in Merseyside's
Political Organisations 1890-1920 (Liverpool: Liverpool Univ. Press, 2004), Women's History Magazine (autumn 2005).

Contributing author, Philip's Atlas of World History, Patrick O'Brien, ed. (London: George Philip
Ltd., 1999). Entries on: "Human Rights Since 1914"; "The Position of Women Since 1914";
"Changes in Population Since 1945"; "Patterns of Health and Ill-Health Since 1945"; "Standards
of Living Since 1945"; "The Changing Environment Since 1945"; "Transport and
Communication Since 1945."

Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, "Teaching the Reformation in a Pluralist Age," Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (Summer 2007)

Fellow, Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center, Univ. of Michigan (Academic Year 2003 - 2004)

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Executive Board, Council on the Certification of School Professionals
Chair, History Department
Advisor, History Club
Member, Phi Alpha Theta

Other Interests
International Travel
Reading Fiction and Biographies