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Lynne Benson

Title: Senior Lecturer

Phone: 617.287.6756


Department: Women's Gender Sexuality Studi

Areas of Expertise

History of women in higher education, progressive era to present, Development of the field of home economics, Women's professional organizations


PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Additional Information

Professor Benson’s research interests include American cultural history; girls’ series books, such as Nancy Drew; heroines of 1960s and 70s TV; the history of women in higher education; the history and development of the field of home economics; and women’s professional organizations.

Her first book, Moxie and a Good Sense of Balance Nancy Drew and the Power of the Teenage Girl, is schedule for publication at the end of 2018 by Hamilton Books, an imprint of Rowland & Littlefield Publishing.