Stacy Cordery joined the ISU Department of History this fall after 22 years at Monmouth College in Illinois. There, she chaired the History Department, was coordinator of the Women’s Studies program and curator of the Monmouth College Archives, and served on many committees and task forces, including Faculty Senate, Personnel, Curriculum, and the President’s Planning and Priorities Committee. She won Monmouth’s only teaching award a record four times. Dr. Cordery earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas where she trained as an historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She was a co-founder of the Women’s & Gender Historians of the Midwest, a list and book review editor for H-Women, a member of the teaching prize committee for the American Historical Association, the first Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Theodore Roosevelt Center, and is currently treasurer for the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age & Progressive Era (SHGAPE), the bibliographer for the National First Ladies Library, and a historical advisor to the Theodore Roosevelt Center and Presidential Library initiative.
Her most recent book, Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts (Viking, 2012), made several discoveries about this important American woman. Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker (Viking, 2007), was a New York Times Notable Book, chosen for Book-of-the-Month Club, and reviewed widely. Stacy Cordery has given talks at the Wilson Center, the National Constitution Center, the Miller Center, Printers Row Lit Fest, the Savannah Book Festival, and has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, the Diane Rehm Show, and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. She will be featured in the Smithsonian’s upcoming four-part television show on America’s First Ladies.
At ISU, Dr. Cordery is a professor of History, a member of the graduate faculty, and an affiliate faculty member with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center. She is currently working on a book manuscript about Tipper Gore and the culture wars of the 1980s.