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Dr. June Benowitz

Title: Associate Professor
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Phone: 941-359-4200
Email: benowitz@usf.edu
Office: C251

Dr. June Melby Benowitz is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She is the author of Days of Discontent: American Women and Right-Wing Politics, 1933-1945, Northern Illinois University Press (2002) and Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion, ABC-CLIO (1998). The latter book was chosen as an “Outstanding Textbook of 1999” by Choice magazine.

Dr. Benowitz has also contributed articles to History of Education Quarterly, Women and War, ABC-CLIO, Women in World History, Yorkin Publications, and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Society. Book chapters on transportation and social attitudes appear in the Handbook to Life in America: The Colonial and Revolutionary Era and The Age of Reform, respectively, Facts on File . Recently, she completed a book manuscript tentatively titled The Challenge of Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation.

Dr. Benowitz received her BA and MA from Portland State University and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She moved with her husband from Oregon to Sarasota in 1995.


“Right-Wing Women, American Morality, and the Battle Over School Prayer.” International conference on “Religion in American Life,” King’s College, London, February 22-24, 2013.

“Right-Wing American Women and Grassroots Revolt—the 1930s and Beyond.” Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference, Oxford, England, July 9, 2011.

Benowitz, J. (2009) “Reading, Writing and Radicalism: Right-Wing Women and Education in the Post-War Years,” History of Education Quarterly (Vol. 49, No. 1, February 2009)

Book chapter, “Women, Gender Activism, and Public Policy,” Oxford Handbook on the New Deal (forthcoming).

Book chapter, “Transportation,” in Handbook to Life in America, Book 1, Facts on File, Inc. (2009)

Book chapter, “Social Attitudes,” in Handbook to Life in America, Book 5, Facts on File, Inc. (2009)

Book review of Jonathan Daniel Wells and Sheila R. Phipps, editors, Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South, in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 107, No. 4, Autumn, 2009.

“Antisemitism in the America First Committee.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 21 December 2008.

Book review of Aviva Weingarten’s Jewish Organizations’ [sic] Response to Communism and to Senator McCarthy in American Jewish History, Vol. 94, No. 3, September 2008.

“United States: Opposition to U.S. Entry into World War II by Right-Wing American Women,” in Bernard Cook, ed., Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO (2006).

“Right-Wing Women and Education: The Post-War Years.” American Historical Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 7 January 2006.

“Minute Women of the U.S.A.,” in Roy R. Barkeley and Mark F. Odintz, eds., The Portable Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Society (2000).

“Carrie Chapman Catt,” “Abigail Scott Duniway,” and “Lucretia Mott,” in Women in World History, Yorkin Publications (1999).

“Acuff, TX”; “Bayside, TX”; “Copano, TX”; “Johnston, Eliza Griffin”; “Minute Women of the U.S.A.” (this essay was reprinted in The Portable Handbook of Texas, 2000); “Neblett, Elizabeth Scott”; and “Nuestra Senoria Del Refugio Mission” in New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Society (1996).

Authored booklet From Log Cabin to High Rise: The Washington County Courthouse, 1849-1988, Washington County, Oregon (1988).