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Joanne Goodwin

Department(s): History
Office: WRI-B 322
Phone: 702-895-1026
Email: joanne.goodwin@unlv.edu


Joanne Goodwin’s research and teaching interests are in 20th century U.S. history with a specialization in women and gender history. Her books include: Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990 (2014), Gender and the Politics of Welfare Reform (1997), and the Encyclopedia of Women in American History, 3 vols. (2002), which she co-edited. In addition, she has published widely on these topics in national and international journals. Additional information is available on her vitae.

Since coming to Las Vegas, Goodwin has become involved in writing histories of women who have helped to build this community. To that end, she has worked with others to create the Nevada Women's Archive at UNLV; she directed the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project stored at Lied Library UNLV; and she directed the Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN), a state-wide program, from 1999-2017. These activities provided opportunities for graduate students to collaborate with faculty on research projects. In 2014, she collaborated with supporters of the WRIN and VegasPBS to create MAKERS: Women in Nevada History.  Segments of the PBS program and the oral histories may be found here. She is currently an officer of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites.


Expert Areas

  • U.S. Women & Gender
  • Oral History
  • Historical Methods
  • Women in the West, especially Las Vegas