Gorham, Deborah 1937-

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GORHAM, Deborah 1937-

PERSONAL: Born May 4, 1937, in New York, NY; daughter of Charles O. (a novelist) and Ethel (a writer; maiden name, Bloom) Gorham; married Toby Gelfand, July 14, 1989; children: David William Keith. Education: McGill University, B.A. (with honors), 1959; University of Wisconsin, M.A., 1963; University of Ottawa, Ph.D., 1982. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking.

ADDRESSES: Home—234 Daly Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6G2. Office—c/o Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, assistant professor, 1969-78, associate professor, 1978-88, professor of history, 1988-2002, professor emeritus, 2002—, member of management committee of Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies, 1987-90, 2000-01, director of institute, 1994-97. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, scholar-in-residence, 1979; Stanford University, affiliated scholar with Center for Research on Women and Gender, 1991-92; University of California—Berkeley, affiliated scholar with Beatrice M. Bain Research Group, 1991-92. Speaker at educational institutions, including Queens College of the City University of New York, University of Ottawa, University of Alberta, University of Washington, Seattle, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Newnham College, Cambridge; also public speaker to community groups. Social Science Federation of Canada, member of Task Force on Sexist Bias in the Social Sciences, 1983-86.

MEMBER: Canadian Historical Association.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1983 (for Germany) 1985, 1985-86, and Hannah Foundation, 1993.


The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1982.

(And narrator) Women's Work in Historical Perspective: Parts 1 and 2 (videoscript), Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1988.

(Editor, with Janice Williamson) Up and Doing: Canadian Women and Peace, Women's Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1990.

(Editor, with Dianne Dodd, and contributor) Caring and Curing: Historical Perspectives on Women and Healing in Canada, University of Ottawa Press (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1994.

Vera Brittain: A Feminist Life, Blackwell Publishers (Cambridge, MA), 1996.

Contributor to books, including A Not Unreasonable Claim: Women and Reform in Canada, 1880s-1920s, edited by Linda Kealey, Women's Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1979; Lessons for Life: Education and Gender, 1850-1950, edited by Felicity Hunt, Basil Blackwell (Oxford, England), 1987; Delivering Motherhood: Maternal Ideologies and Practices in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, edited by Katherine Arnup, Ruth Roach Pierson, and Andrée Levesque, Routledge (London, England), 1990; British Feminism in the Twentieth Century, edited by Harold L. Smith, Edward Elgar (Upleadon, Gloucestershire, England), 1990; and Creating Historical Memory: English-Canadian Women and the Work of History, University of British Columbia Press (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1997. Editor of book series "Women's Experience," Carleton University Press (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1990-91. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Queen's Quarterly, Saskatchewan History, Journal of Women's History, Historical Studies in Education, Victorian Studies, and Atlantis. Consultant editor, Feminist Studies; Canadian member of advisory board, Gender and History; member of editorial board, Women's History Review.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Dora and Bertrand Russell and Beacon Hill School: A Modernist Experiment in Education and Family Life, 1921-1943.

SIDELIGHTS: Deborah Gorham told CA: "I try to work for social and economic justice, for equality for women and racial and ethnic minorities, for civil liberty, and for environmental causes."



English Historical Review, February, 1998, Janet Howarth, review of Vera Brittain: A Feminist Life, p. 231.