Honors Program

Polly Kaufman Ph.D

Adjunct Associate Professor of History
Polly Kaufman Ph.D


55 Exeter Street

Contact Information

Phone: (207)780-4233

Dr. Kaufman is currently teaching a Casco Bay Cluster course (Maine Islands: A History).

Dr. Kaufman has been teaching at USM since 1995.  Prior to that, she was a lecturer in History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of several books detailing women's history in the United States.  She has published numerous articles and regularly reviews books for CHOICE, The Historical Journal of Massachusetts, and Maine History.

Dr. Kaufman has been the project director or principal researcher of many women's history trails, including The Boston Women's Heritage Trail, the Portland Women's History Trail, and the Walking Trail of Statues to Women in Oslo.

The recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships (Lecturer at the University in Tromsoe, Norway in March, 2005 and Roving American Studies Scholar in Norway from 1999-2000), Dr. Kaufman has maintained a ten-year relationship with American Studies scholars in Norway.  In May 2011, she hosted the annual dinner of the Nordic Association of American Studies Conference where she also presented on The Transatlantic Woman and a Divided Heart: Dorothy Burton Skaarda

Research Interests

Maine History

Women's History

History of Environmental Movements

History of the American West

History of National Parks and the National Parks Service

Recent Publications

National Parks and the Woman's Voice: A History.  University of New Mexico Press, 1996, rev. ed. 2006.

Editor, Her Past Around Us: Interpreting Sites for Women's History.  Krieger Publishing Company, 2003.

Boston Women and City School Politics, 1872-1905.  Garland Publishing, 1994.

Editor, Apron Full of Gold: The Letters of Mary Jane Megquier from San Francisco, 1849-1856.  University of New Mexico, rev. ed., 1994.

Editor, Search for Equality: Women at Brown University, 1891-1991.  Brown University and University Press of New England, 1991.

Women Teachers on the Frontier.  Yale University Press, 1984.

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