LORI ROTSKOFF is a cultural historian, writer, educator, and public speaker specializing in childhood and youth, women’s and gender studies, family history, and arts and culture.  She first discovered her passion for cultural history as an undergraduate at Northwestern University. After working for a year at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC, she entered graduate school in American Studies at Yale, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1999.  Her interdisciplinary work combines her interests in history, autobiographical literature, and the arts–subjects that remain central to her research, teaching, and social advocacy today.

Lori Rotskoff has taught undergraduates at Yale and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently offers seminar classes for adults at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she has taught since 2005. She also teaches at the Scarsdale Adult School in Westchester County and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Ms. Rotskoff is co-editor, with Laura L. Lovett, of the anthology When We Were Free to Be:  Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012.   Her previous book, Love on the Rocks:  Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War II America (2002) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine and the American Library Association.

Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the Women’s Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, American StudiesBrain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, the Huffington Post, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Reviews in American History, and the Journal of American History.  She has received fellowships and research grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Historical Society, the Sophia Smith Collection, and the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is currently researching the history of museum and art education and its impact on children, families, and urban communities in the 20th-century United States.

Ms. Rotskoff is an accomplished public speaker who often presents her work at professional conferences, libraries, college campuses, and other cultural institutions. She has organized panels and spoken at the 92nd Street Y, the National Archives in Washington D.C, Dartmouth College, Boston University, Duke University, Rice University, SUNY New Paltz, and at bookstores and community book festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, Hartford, Houston, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.

Ms. Rotskoff is a member of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth and serves on the Board of Directors of Cool Culture, a non-profit organization that provides over 50,000 low-income families with free access to museums, gardens, zoos, and other NYC cultural institutions. She is also an Advisory Board member of La Femme Theatre Productions in New York City. She lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband and two teenage sons.

To contact Lori Rotskoff, please e-mail her at rotscant@yahoo.com.