Sara Dubow

Sara Dubow

Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of History

Hopkins Hall

On Leave 2022-2023


B.A. Williams College (1991)
M.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1996)
Ph.D. Rutgers University, History (2003)



School Wars
(not offered 2022/23)


Modern U.S. History (not offered 2022/23)


Recent U.S. History: The 1970s and 1980s (not offered 2022/23)


Sara Dubow graduated from Williams in 1991, and received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2003. Before joining the Williams History department faculty in 2007, she taught at the Brearley School, Hunter College High School, and Hunter College. Her research and teaching interests examine the intersections of gender, law, and politics in 20th century U.S. history. Her book Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Ourselves Unborn: Fetal Meanings in Modern America, Oxford University Press, 2011

Research Interests

Modern United States History; Legal and Political History of Race, Gender and Sexuality

Theses Advised

Zoë Fisher ’21Poverty Law Eroded: the ACLU, the Welfare Rights Movement, and the Judicial ‘Denigration of the Pauper’

Isabel Peña ’19The New O.C.: Race, Space, Immigration and the Re-making of Suburban California

Rachel Schwartz ’17“Serving with Pride and Dignity”: Women in the U.S. Military at the Transition to the All-Volunteer Force

Paige Whidbee ’15‘Inimical to the Cause of American Liberty’: The American Government’s Treatment of Neutrals in Revolutionary Philadelphia

Alison Pincus ’12 The Mark of Reliability?  A Documentary Study of the Closing of the Sprague Electric Company Facilities in North Adams, MA

Anne Kerth ’11Missouri Compromised: The Missouri Democrat and the Buildup to the Civil War, 1856-1861

Colleen Farrell ’10 (Women’s & Gender Studies) – Epidemic Politics:  Representation and Resistance in the First Decade of AIDS

Program Connections at Williams

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies