Stanford Experts

Estelle Freedman

Professor in United States History


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Estelle Freedman is a U.S. historian specializing in women’s history and feminist studies. Her research interests focus on the history of women and social reform, including prison reform as well as the history of sexuality. She also has examined feminism in the West and its relationship to broader movements for women’s rights and social change throughout the world.

She is co-founder of the undergraduate Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She continues to work on the history sexual violence, including the use of oral history testimony. She is the recipient of multiple national fellowships and has written 10 books on the histories of feminism, sexuality, prison reform, and sexual violence.

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