Catherine Rymph

Catherine Rymph
Professor and Chair of History and Interim Chair of Religious Studies
107 Read Hall
573-882-0250
Research Area
20th-century U.S. history, welfare policy, women's history
Education

B.A., Indiana University, 1988
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1998

Bio

Professor Rymph came to the University of Missouri in 2000. She previously taught at the University of Iowa and as Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Greifswald in Germany.

She specializes in recent US history, especially policy history, and US women’s political history. She is the author of Women in the Republican Party: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage through the Rise of the New Right and Raising Government Children:  A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2018. Her current research project involves child refugee policy in the 1930s.

Professor Rymph regularly offers courses in twentieth century US history and US women’s history, several of which are cross-listed with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studiesand/or the Kinder Institute's BA in Constitutional Democracy.  She is an affiliate of both WGST and the Kinder Institute. 

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:
History 2210: Twentieth Century America
History 3220: US Women’s Political History
History 4310: Historical Perspectives on Child Welfare, Adoption, and the Family
History 4220: US between the Wars: 1918-1941
History 4230: Our Times:  1945-present
History 4972:  Capstone in U.S. History

Graduate:
History 7220: US between the Wars: 1918-1941
History 7310: Historical Perspectives on Child Welfare, Adoption, and the Family
History 8210: Readings in Recent US History
History 8211: Seminar in Recent US History

Recent Publications

American Child Welfare and the Wagner-Rogers Bill of 1939," in Jewish Historical Studies 51:1 (April 2020)

Raising Government Children:  A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State (UNC, 2017)

“Building the Republican Party and the Problem of Diversity, 1968-1975 “ in Seeking a New Majority, ed. Iwan Morgan and Robert Mason. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013: 76-89.

”Looking for Fathers in the Post-War U.S. Child Welfare Care System.” In Inventing the Modern Family: Family Values and Social Change in 20th Century United States, ed. Isabel Heinemann.  Frankfurt, Germany: Campus Verlag, 2012: 177-195.

”From ‘Economic Want’ to ‘Family Pathology’” Foster Family Care, the New Deal and the Emergence of a Public Child Welfare System,” Journal of Policy History 24:1 (2012): 7-25.

 “Sarah Palin, the Republican Party, and American Politics.”  In Obama, Clinton, and Palin:  Historians Reflect on Historic Candidacies, ed. Liette Gidlow. University of Illinois Press, 2012: 137-148.

Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage to the Rise of the New Right (UNC Press, 2007).