Cindy S. Aron

Professor Emerita

Field & Specialties

American Women's History


B.A. Brandeis 1967
M.A. Maryland 1975
Ph.D. Maryland 1981


Selected Publications

Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States (Oxford, 1999)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Civil Service: Middle-Class Workers in Victorian America. Oxford University Press, 1987.

"The Evolution of the Middle Class," in William Barney, ed., A Companion to Nineteenth-Century America, Blackwell, 2000.

"Summer Resorts," Encyclopedia of New England Culture, Yale, forthcoming.

"Office Work and Office Workers," in Paul Finkleman, ed., Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

"Dorothy Gordon," in Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, eds., Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, Routledge, 1997.

"The Education-Entertainment Continuum: A Historical Perspective," Perspectives (Feb., 1995).

"Contributors in the Public Realm," Reviews in American History, (December, 1991).

"Vacations and Resorts," in Eric Foner and John A. Garraty, eds., The Reader's Encyclopedia of American History. Boston, Houghton Mifflin: 1991.

Introduction to Dorothy Richardson, The Long Day, Charlottesville, University of Virginia: 1990.

"'To Barter Their Souls for Gold': Female Clerks in Federal Government Offices, 1862-1890," Journal of American History (1981).

Current Research

My current project is a history of prostitution in the United States from 1945 to 1980. I am particularly interested in using prostitution to examine what happened to notions of "female hetersexual deviance" as the strict rules about white female heterosexuality that characterized the post war decades gave way during the mid-1960s and thereafter.

Awards & Honors

Selected Awards

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1984-85.

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 1980.