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MCCARTHY, TARA

FACULTY

Biography

Dr. McCarthy’s main research interests are American women, social reform movements, and immigration. She spent one year as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the writing program at the University of Rochester, and one year as a Visiting Professor of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, before joining the faculty at CMU.

Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women’s Activism, 1880-1920. Syracuse University Press, 2018.

  • B.S. Education, University of Maine, 1994
  • M.A. History, Syracuse University, 1997 
  • Ph.D. in History at the University of Rochester, 2005

Dr. McCarthy’s areas of specialization include American women, social reform movements, and immigration. Her current project traces the political activities of Irish-American women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, focusing on Irish nationalism, ethnic organizations, suffrage, and the labor movement.‚Äč

Courses Taught

  • Women in America
  • The Struggle for Equality: The United States From 1865
  • Research Seminar (20th Century America)
  • The Craft of History