Rebecca Sharpless

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
History
Reed Hall 329

r.sharpless@tcu.edu | 817-257-5645

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Education

Ph.D., American Studies/Women's Studies, Emory University (1993)
MA, American Studies, Baylor University (1983)
BA, English, Baylor University,Magna cum Laude, (1978)

Courses Taught

HIST 10603 United States History: A Survey to 1877
HIST 10613 United States History: A Survey since 1877
HIST 30603 History of Women in America
HIST 30643 History of Food in America
HIST 40743 History of Texas
HIST 40823 U.S. South since 1865

Areas of Focus

Women in America and the South, Texas, food, labor

“Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960,” Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

“Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices: Women on Texas Cotton Farms, 1900-1940,” Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

(Coeditor with Elizabeth Hayes Turner and Stephanie Cole) “Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives,” Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.

(with Melissa Walker) “Work, Family, and Faith: Rural Southern Women in the Twentieth Century,” Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.

“‘She Ought to Have Taken Those Cakes’: Southern Women and Rural Food Supplies.” Southern Cultures 18, no. 2 (summer 2012), 45-58.

“Neither Friends nor Peers: Idella Parker, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and the Limits of Gender Solidarity at Cross Creek,” Journal of Southern History 78, no. 2 (May 2012), 327-60.

“In Favor of our Fathers’ Country and Government’: Unionist Women in North Texas,. In “Texas Women and the Civil War: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi,” edited by Deborah Linsley Liles and Angela Boswell. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2016.

“Sallie McNeill: A Woman’s Higher Education in Antebellum Texas.” In Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. Edited by Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Stephanie Cole, and Rebecca Sharpless, 82-104. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.

  • Agricultural History Society
  • American Historical Association
  • Oral History Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Association for Women Historians
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Southern Historical Association
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • President, Oral History Association, 2006
  • President, Southern Association for Women Historians, 2013
  • Executive Council, Texas State Historical Association, 2010-2016