Linda Reeder

Linda Reeder
Associate Professor and Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
325 Strickland Hall
Research Area: 
Modern European women

B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, History and Italian, 1985
Ph.D. Rutgers, 1995


Linda Reeder specializes in Italian women's history. Her research interests focus on gender, sexuality, transnational migration, national belonging and most recently, female insanity. Her first book, Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural Italian Women, published in 2003 by the University of Toronto Press, examines the role of Sicilian women in the process of transnational migration. In this work, she explores the role women who remained at home played in shaping migration networks and the impact emigration had on women's private and public lives. She has expanded her interest in mobility to examine the ways migration altered the meaning and practice of gender and sexuality in Italy between 1880 and 1922. Her work on gender and migration has led her to focus on the gendered nature of citizenship and national belonging. Her current book project, Disordered Houses examines the relationship between gender, sexuality and national belonging through notions of female insanity in late nineteenth century Italy. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at MU.

Professor Reeder teaches courses on 19th and 20th century European women's history, the history of modern Italy and contemporary Europe.

Recent Publications: 

Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural Italian Women, Sicily, 1880-1920. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.