Posted on Jan 30, 2004

Prof. Teresa Meade

Teresa A. Meade, professor
of history and director of the Center for Women's Studies, is co-editor (with
Merry Wiesner-Hanks of the University
of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)
of a new book, A Companion to Gender History (Blackwell
Publishing, 2004).

The book, which is part of the
publishers “Companions to History” series, surveys the history of
women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered
societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over
thousands of years, according to the literature on the book.

In thematic
essays and chronological-geographic essays by scholars around the world, the
book also discusses family history, the history of the body and sexuality, and
cultural history alongside women's history and gender history. It considers the
importance of class, region, ethnicity, race and religion to the formation of
gendered societies. It also gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern
era as well as to the modern era.

Meade is also the author of “Civilizing” Rio:
Reform and Resistance in a
Brazilian City (1997) and A Brief History of Brazil (2003). She is
working on a project on marriage on the Alta California
frontier, 1769–1860.

For more on A Companion to Gender History, visit