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Associate Professor of History

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7735
  • Email: staranto@ramapo.edu
  • Office: A-211
  • Office Hours: E-mail for Appointment

Education:

  • A.B. Duke University
  • A.M. Brown University
  • Ph.D. Brown University
  • CV

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 102: Modern America Since 1865
  • HIST 216: Abortion in American History
  • HIST 226: The 1960s, America in Transition
  • HIST 231: U.S. Women’s and Gender History
  • HIST 316: Gender, Race, and American Politics
  • HIST 323: America Since 1945
  • HIST 410: History Senior Seminar
  • First-year Seminar in the Humanities
    • The History of America’s Modern Culture Wars (first-year seminar)
    • The History of Politics in the Era of Trump (first-year seminar)

Teaching Interests:

  • Post-1945 U.S. History
  • U.S. Women’s History

Research Interests:

  • Post-1945 U.S. Political History
  • The New Right
  • Feminism
  • Gender and the Family

Scholarly Activity:

Books
  • Suffrage at 100: Women and American SInce 1920, co-editor (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).
  • Kitchen-Table Politics: Conservative Women and Family Values in New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, Politics and Culture in Modern America Series, 2017).
Articles
  • Goodbye to the Party of Rockefeller: A Case Study of How the GOP Abandoned Feminist Goals in the 1970s.” in The Silent Majority: A Transatlantic Perspective, ed. Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Cambridge University Press, 2017), p. 317-338.

  •  “Defending ‘Women Who Stand By the Sink’: Suburban Homemakers and Anti-ERA Activism in New York State,” in Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America eds. John Archer, Paul J. P. Sandul, Katherine Solomonson (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), p.36-50.
  •  “Ellen McCormack for President: Politics and an Improbable Path to Passing Anti-Abortion Policy,” Journal of Policy History 24, No. 2, Spring 2012.
  •  “The Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act and Its Reception in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island History 66, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2008.
Dissertation
  • “Defending ‘Family Values’: Women’s Grassroots Politics and the Republican Right, 1970-1980” (Brown University, 2010).
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