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Department of History


Jillian Hinderliter

Title: Graduate Student
PhD (U.S. History since 1789)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
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Advisor: Dr. Lauren Sklaroff

Education: BA in History with a Jewish Studies Minor (Northeastern University, 2012); MA in History with a concentration in Public History (Northeastern University, 2013); Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (University of South Carolina, 2019)

Bio: Jillian M. Hinderliter is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of South Carolina. Before coming to USC, Jillian worked for a number of organizations including the Paul Revere Memorial Association (Boston, MA), Trinity College (Hartford), the Hartford Business Improvement District, and the Rufus Porter Folk Art Museum and Cultural Center (Bridgton, Maine). Her dissertation, “Patients’ Rights, Patients’ Politics: Jewish Activists of the U.S. Women’s Health Movement, 1968-1988,” considers the impact of Jewish identity on Jewish activists’ conceptions of social justice while also tracing their significant contributions to women’s health care. Using organizational records, oral histories, personal papers, and health publications, this dissertation demonstrates how Jewish women’s identities as Jews were interwoven with their health activism and feminism(s). “Patients’ Rights, Patients’ Politics,” can help us understand Jewish women’s roles and representation within the women’s health movement, while nuancing the history of second wave feminism’s diverse cultural intersections and internal divides.

Jillian’s research has been supported by the Wilfrid and Rebecca Callcott Award from the Department of History as well as the American Association for the History of Medicine & the National Science Foundation, the Graduate Civic Scholars Program, Emily Thompson Award for Research in Women’s Health, and the SPARC research grant at University of South Carolina. Jillian is a 2019-2020 Charleston Research Fellow at the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture of the College of Charleston. She is also a contributor to Jewish Women’s Archive’s blog, Jewish Women, Amplified.

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