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Barbara Sicherman
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Institutions and Values, Emerita
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Trinity College faculty member since 1982
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Columbia University (1967)
M.A., Columbia University (1967)
B.A., Swarthmore College (1955)

Barbara Sicherman taught history, American Studies and Women’s Studies, including courses on women’s history and on American culture in its many permutations.  She helped establish the Women’s Studies Program and was closely involved in efforts to increase hiring faculty of color.  

Professor Sicherman is a specialist in women’s history, whose research interests include medical and psychiatric history, women’s biography, and the role of reading in women’s lives. She is currently doing research on reproductive rights, in particular the illegal birth control clinics established in Connecticut in the 1930s . She is also organizing family papers and is experiencing sometimes surprising revelations, as did former students in her family history course.

She was a board member of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for many years and is currently a volunteer tutor at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford.