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Kathleen Alaimo

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History

Email: alaimo@sxu.edu

Area of Specialization

European History


History teaches everything, including the future.
-Alphonse de Lamartine

Kathleen Alaimo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and her master's degree from the University of Chicago. She specializes in modern European history with a particular emphasis on modern France, social history, the history of women and the history of adolescence.

Dr. Alaimo has taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, as well as Loyola University-Chicago and Columbia College-Chicago. She joined the faculty of Saint Xavier University in 1992 as an assistant professor. She has served as chair of the Department of History and Political Science from 1993 to 1999 and as director of the Women and Gender Studies Program from 2002 to 2004. Currently, Dr. Alaimo serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Alaimo's articles have appeared in the Journal of Family History and French Historical Studies. She contributed a chapter to the book Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960 and co- edited and contributed to Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child. In 2003 Dr. Alaimo received the SXU Excellence in Scholarship award.

Past Courses Offered

World History

History of Modern France

Europe in the Middle Ages

The French Revolution

Women in Modern European History

Studies in Social History

Selected Publications

"Children’s Rights" in Stephen Farenga and Daniel Ness, eds., Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development, vol. 2, (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2005): 348-377.

"The Authority of Experts: The Crisis of Female Adolescence in France and England, 1880-1920," in  M. J. Maynes, B. Soland, C. Benninghaus, eds., Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005): 149-163.

Kathleen Alaimo and Brian Klug, Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002) 286 pp.

"Historical Roots of Children’s Rights in Europe and the United States," in Alaimo and Klug, eds., Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (Lanham, MD: UPA, 2002): 1-23.

"Juvenile Delinquency and Hooliganism in Europe from 1500 to the Present," in Peter Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of European Social History, vol. 3, (New York: Scribner's, 2001): 383-397.

"Adolescence, Gender, and Class in Education Reform in France: The    Development of Enseignement Primaire Supèrieur, 1880-1910," French Historical Studies 18:4 (Fall 1994): 1025-1055.

"Shaping Adolescence in the Popular Milieu: Social Policy, Reformers, and French Youth, 1870-1920," Journal of Family History 17:4 (Fall 1992): 419-438.