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Jan. 3, 2007

Kerber To Deliver Presidential Address On 'Statelessness' In U.S. History

University of Iowa History Professor Linda Kerber will deliver the Presidential Address to the American Historical Association at the scholarly organization's annual meeting in Atlanta Friday, Jan. 5. Kerber, the May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak on "The Stateless as the Citizen's Other," which will consider issues of nationality and citizenship through American history.

A professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the College of Law, Kerber is the first UI professor to serve as president of the American Historical Association and one of only a handful of academics to have led all three major scholarly associations in her field. She was president of the American Studies Association in 1988 and was president of the Organization of American Historians in 1997.

In her writing and teaching Kerber has emphasized the history of citizenship, gender and authority. She is the author of "No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship" (1998) for which she was awarded the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in U.S. legal history and the Joan Kelley Prize for the best book in women's history (both awarded by the American Historical Association). Among her other books are "Toward an Intellectual History of Women" (1997), "Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America" (1980), and "Federalists in Dissent: Imagery and Ideology in Jeffersonian America" (1970).

An elected member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Kerber holds a doctorate in history from Columbia University. During the 2006-2007 academic year, she is Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kerber is in Atlanta for the meeting, but available by phone for interviews about how this topic relates to citizens of Iraq seeking refuge in the U.S. To arrange an interview, please contact Mary Kenyon at 319-384-0011 or Steve Pradarelli at 319-384-0007.