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Alexandra Kasey is currently pursuing an M.A in history at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in twentieth-century American Women’s and Gender History. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from the same institution in 2013, where she graduated with honors. Her research specifically covers the intellectual formation of the post-World War II domestic sphere between 1945 and 1960, the nation’s growing curiosity in understanding women’s roles as wives and mothers, and the American public’s attempts to define, categorize, and interpret ideal femininity and female sexual identities as beacons of national stability and prosperity. Moreover, Kasey seeks to bridge these discussions with those related to early Cold War private memory, domestic conformity, and normalcy. She received the Nancy Fitch scholarship in Women’s and Gender History from California State University, Fullerton, in 2013, and served as the designated Fitch scholar during the 2013-14 academic year. Kasey plans to earn a Ph.D in the near future, and teach as a university professor. She is a member of the Theta-Pi branch of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society. To read more bout her additional research interests and her achievements, please browse Kasey’s online CV below.



M.A Candidate, American Women’s and Gender History (August 2014 to Present)
California State University, Fullerton*+

B.A, American History (Conferred May 2013) 
California State University, Fullerton

* Nancy Fitch Scholar in Women’s & Gender History, 2013-14 Academic Year

+ Expected graduate thesis proposal defense - Spring 2015


Marriage, sexuality, and the construction of gender ideologies, c. 1918-1965, perceptions of “true womanhood” and femininity in late Victorian American society, c. 1865-1901, early American film history, c. 1895-1960.


1. "Until Death Do Us Part: Marriage, Sex Manuals, and the Creation of Ideal Femininity in Postwar American Society, 1948-65" (Spring 2012 to Present)**

2.'As Eve Was Made for Adam:' Interpreting Late Victorian American Constructions of Proper Marital Etiquette, Christian Piety, and Sexuality as Depicted in Reverend Thomas DeWitt Talmage's Marriage & Home Life (1895)”* (Fall 2013 to Spring 2014)

3. Short Presentations: “Courtship and Sexuality in Depression Era Hollywood Musicals, c. 1929-41,” and “Gender and Sexuality in Federally Commissioned Murals in Depression Era California” (Spring 2014)

Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Cawthra, California State University, Fullerton

**This research constitutes the basis for Kasey’s graduate thesis. 


"The Key to the Men’s Room: Secretaries, Sexuality, and Perceptions of Marriage in the Postwar American White-Collar Workplace, 1945-64"

Advisor: Dr. Allison Varzally, California State University, Fullerton


1. Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference, Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, California - Expected April 2015)

2. Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference, California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, California - April 2014) 

3. Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference, California State University, Fullerton (April 2012)

4. HTCC Student Research Conference, University of California, Irvine (March 2011)


1. Untitled Exhibition (Expected February 2015)

Associate Exhibition Photography Intern
Subject: Keystone Korner and Jazz Photography in San Francisco After 1960

Advisors: Dr. Benjamin Cawthra (California State University, Fullerton), Dr. Lewis Watts (University of California, Santa Cruz), and freelance photographer Kathy Sloane

2. Homemaking in Brea, CA: Past and Present (Summer 2012)
Location: Brea Museum and Heritage Center, Brea, CA

Advisors: Dr. Veta Schlimgen (Gonzaga University) and Dr. Raymond Rast (former professor, California State University, Fullerton)


1. “Tis a Woman’s Sphere to Mind:” Mary Beth Norton’s Separated by their Sex and the Historiographical Development of Colonial American Gender, Marriage & Sexuality in Recent Scholarship” (Spring 2014)

2. “Toward a Transatlantic Sphere: Categorizing and Evaluating Discussions of Colonial American Space, Settlement, and Conflict in Recent Historical Scholarship” (Spring 2014)

3. “Analyzing the American Housewife: Theories of Normality and Feminist Interpretations of the Post-World War II “Woman Question” in Contemporary Historical Scholarship from the 1980s to the Present” (Fall 2013)

4. “Examining Twentieth-Century Feminist Ideologies and Post-Marxist Historical Interpretations of Cultural Hegemony in Joan Jacobs Brumberg’s The Body Project (Vintage Books, 1997)” (Fall 2013)

5. “Ladies in Whalebone: The Corset, Femininity, and Perceptions of Propriety in Victorian American Society, 1840-1880.” (Spring 2012)

6. “Sister Suffragettes: American Women, Society, and Progressivism, 1900-1920” (Spring 2012)

7. “Unraveling Human Sin: Analyzing Depictions of Social Inequality and Disorder in Early American Silent Films, c. 1910-1930” (Spring 2012)

8. “Reconstructing Byt: Bolshevik Perceptions of Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnic Culture in Early Soviet Russia, c. 1917-1945” (Spring 2012)

9. “Regulating Hysteria: Analyzing Sexual Repression and the Struggle for Social Purity in Christine Worobec’s Possessed and Laura Engelstein’s Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom" (Spring 2012)

10. Book review: Florida Scott-Maxwell. Women and Sometimes Men. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, 1957.  (Spring 2012)

11. Book review: Jane Gerhard. Desiring Revolution: Second-Wave Feminism and the Rewriting of American Sexual Thought, 1920-1982. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2001. (Spring 2012)

12. Article review: Rachel B. Herrmann. The “tragicall historie”: Cannibalism and Abundance in Colonial Jamestown. The William and Mary Quarterly. Vol. 68, no. 1 (January 2011): 47-74. (Spring 2012) 

13. Book review: George R. Stewart. Ordeal By Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party. Houghton Mifflin, 1936. Rev. 1960-63, 1988. (Fall 2011)

14. ”White Sheep, Black Sheep: Examining the Deconstruction of the Weimar Economy and Its Impact on Personal Relationships in Hans Fallada’s Little Man, What Now? (1932)” (Fall 2011)

15. “Der Heile Welt: Investigating the Connection Between Nazi and Postwar German Culture as Portrayed in Contemporary Narratives and Testimonies, 1933-1989.” (Fall 2011)

16.  ”Sublime London: Examining Shakespeare’s Social and Intellectual Impact on Working Class Attitudes in Early Victorian London, c. 1837-1870” (Spring 2011) 

17.  ”Giving ‘Em Dirt: Broadway Actresses, Public Censorship, and the Struggle for Artistic Freedom, 1919-1929” (Fall 2010)


Nancy E. Fitch Scholarship in Women’s and Gender History - Spring 2013


Phi Alpha Theta, national history honors society, Theta-Pi chapter. 


Graduate Student Reader and Paper Admissions Board Participant, ”The Welebaethan,” California State University, Fullerton (September 2013 and September 2014) 

Undergraduate Student Editor, “The Welebaethan,” California State University, Fullerton (August 2012 to January 2013) 


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Seminar in United States Cultural History
California State University, Fullerton - Spring 2014