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Corinne Field is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia and is currently a fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  Her research focuses on the political significance of chronological age and life stage in US history.  Her current book project, “Grand Old Women: How Abolitionists and Feminists Transformed Aging in America,” offers a collective biography of radical women who fought for old age empowerment and justice in the nineteenth century.  Her next project, tentatively titled “Looking Old: A U.S. History,” will consider the aesthetics of oldness across hierarchical relations of gender, race, and class. Field is the author of The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).  She is the co-editor with LaKisha Michelle Simmons of The Global History of Black Girlhood (forthcoming from University of Illinois Press, September 2022). With Nicholas Syrett, she co-edited Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York University Press, 2015) and a roundtable for the American Historical Review on “Age as a Useful Category of Historical Analysis.”  During the 2018-2019 academic year she was the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and she has held fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington Library, and Virginia Humanities.  Field received a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

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