Jocelyn Olcott

Jocelyn Olcott

Professor of History

External address: 
201 Classroom Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 668-5298
Office hours: 

By appointment.


Jocelyn Olcott is Professor of History; International Comparative Studies; and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, 2017).  Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press.  The book follows Michel's life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought.  She has also embarked on an international, interdisciplinary project centered on rethinking the value of care labors broadly speaking, including not only dependent and household care but also, for example, environmental, community, cultural, and sexual care.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 2000

  • M.A., Yale University 1996

  • B.A., Princeton University 1992

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Fellow awarded by Institut d'Études Avancées - Nantes (2017 to 2018)

Frank Kenan Fellow awarded by National Humanities Center (2013 to 2014)

Fellow awarded by Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University (2009 to 2010)

Olcott, JH. International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History(Accepted). New York,: Oxford University Press, July 3, 2017. (Edited Book)

Cano, G, Olcott, J, and Vaughan, MK. Género, poder y politico en el México posrevolucionario. Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2009.

Olcott, J, Vaughan, MK, and Cano, G. Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico. Duke University Press, 2006.

Olcott, J. Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico. Duke University Press, 2005.

Olcott, J. "Review of Rosana Blanco Cano, Cuerpos disidentes del México imaginado." Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe (2013).

Olcott, J. "Review of Joanne Hershfield, Imagining la Chica Moderna: Women, Nation, and Visual Culture in Mexico, 1917–1936." American Historical Review 114 (April 2009): 463–464-463–464.

Olcott, J. "Historia de las mujeres en España y América Latina (4 vols.)." Gender and History 21 (April 2009): 220-22.

Francois, ME, and Olcott JH, . "A Culture of Everyday Credit: Housekeeping, Pawnbroking, and Governance in Mexico City, 1750-1920." Journal of Latin American Studies (2007).


Olcott, J. "Mujeres, historias y sociedades: Latinamérica siglos XVI al XXI."edited by Moroni Spencer Hernández de Olarte and Natalia Montes Marín. Toluca: Fondo Editorial Estado de México, 2016. (Foreword)

Olcott, J. "Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World 1776 to the Present on “Feminism, Women’s Rights” and “International Women’s Year, 1975."edited by Edward Blum. Farmington, Michigan: Charles Scribner’s Sons and Gale Cengage Learning, 2016. (Essay)

Olcott, J. "From the time of creation: Legacies and unfinished business from the first International Women's Year Conference." In Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance around the World, 21-31. June 19, 2015. Full Text

Olcott, J. "A happier marriage? Feminist history takes the transnational turn." In Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives, 237-258. December 1, 2013.

Olcott, J. "Transnational Feminism: Event, Temporality, and Performance at the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference." In Cultures in Motion,edited by DT Rodgers. Princeton University Press, 2013.

Olcott, J. "The Battle within the Home." In Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History. May 1, 2011. Full Text

Olcott, J. "The Battle within the Home: Development Strategies and the Commodification of Caring Labors at the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference." In Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History,edited by L Fink and E al. Oxford University Press, 2011. (Essay)

Olcott, J. "The Politics of Opportunity: Mexican Populism under Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría." In Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics,edited by K Kampwirth. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010. (Essay)

Olcott, J. "Globalizing Sisterhood: International Women’s Year and the Limits of Identity Politics." In Shock of the Global,edited by N Ferguson, C Maier, E Manela, and D Sargent. Harvard University Press, 2010. (Essay)

Olcott, J. "Mueras y Mantanzas: Spectacles of Terror and Violence in Postrevolutionary Mexico." In A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War,edited by G Grandin and GM Joseph. Duke University Press, 2010. (Essay)

Olcott, J. "Public in a Domestic Sense: Sex Work, Nation-Building, and Class Identification in Modern Europe." The American Historical Review 123, no. 1 (February 1, 2018): 124-131. Full Text

Olcott, J. "A plague of salaried marxists: Sexuality and subsistence in the revolutionary imaginary of concha michel." Journal of Contemporary History 52, no. 4 (January 1, 2017): 980-998. Full Text

Olcott, J. "Empires of information: Media strategies for the 1975 international women's year." Journal of Women'S History 24, no. 4 (December 1, 2012): 24-48. Full Text

Olcott, J. "Introduction: Researching and Rethinking the Labors of Love." Hispanic American Historical Review 91, no. 1 (February 1, 2011): 1-27. Full Text

Spring 2019

Gtwy: Gender/political Economy (HISTORY 188S)
West Duke 108A, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 590S)
Class Bldg 242, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2018

Intro Contem Latin Amer (HISTORY 330)
West Duke 105, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Rsch Top Methods & Theory (HISTORY 890S-13)
Friedl Bdg 216, W 05:30 PM-08:00 PM

Spring 2017

Rsch Top In Gender (HISTORY 890S-08)
White 105, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2016

Gtwy Sem:regime Chge/us Policy (HISTORY 174S)
West Duke 108A, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2015

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Carr 242, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Rsch Top Global Connections (HISTORY 890S-05)
Carr 106, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM