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Rothenberg, Tamar

A native New Yorker, Dr. Tamar Rothenberg joined the BCC History Department in 2005. After graduating with a history BA from Wesleyan University, she worked as a writer and editor at Scholastic magazines, before going to graduate school at Rutgers University and earning a certificate in Women’s Studies and a PhD in Geography. She is the author of Presenting America’s World: Strategies of Innocence in National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1945 (Ashgate 2007). Academic work before arriving at BCC included an analysis of lesbians and gentrification in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Academic work since being at BCC has included writing scholarly encyclopedia entries and book reviews, co-writing an article about center and peripheries in academic hierarchies, co-editing a special section in Historical Geography on feminist historical geography, presenting on pedagogy, and presenting on an American women’s aid organization in France in World War I. She has been chair of the Department of History since January 2012.
Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University, 1999
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University, 1994
M.A., Geography, Rutgers University, 1992
B.A., History, Wesleyan University, 1986

Recent Courses Taught:
GEO 10 World Regional Geography
HIS 11 Introduction to the Modern World
HIS 51 History of New York City

Research Interests:
Twentieth century cultural history, feminist history and geography, urban geography

Select Publications:
  • “Introduction to the Special Issue: Feminist Historical Geographies,” co-written with Mona Domosh and Karen M. Morin, Historical Geography 44, 2016: 27-29.
  • “National Geographic Magazine,” in Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present, ed. Edward J. Blum (Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2016).
  • “Harriet Chalmers Adams,” in American National Biography (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • “Our Theories, Ourselves: Hierarchies of Place and Status in Academia,” co-written with Karen Morin, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 10(1), 2011: 58-68.
  • “Jacob Riis,” Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2010).
  • Presenting America’s World: Strategies of Innocence in National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1945 (Ashgate 2007).
  • “A Very Modest Proposal for Academe's Road Scholars,” The Chronicle for Higher Education, February 11, 2000,
  • “And She Told Two Friends: Lesbians Creating Urban Social Space, in Mapping Desire, ed. David Bell and Gill Valentine (London and New York: Routledge, 1995).
  • “Voyeurs of Imperialism: The National Geographic Magazine before World War II,” in Geography and Empire, ed. Anne Godlewska and Neil Smith (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1994): 155-172. [Translated into French and published as “Voyeurs de L’Imperialisme: Le Magazine National Geographic Avant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale,” in Geographies Anglo-Saxonnes: Tendances Contemporaines, J-F Staszak et al, eds. (Paris: Belin, 2001)].
  • “Women’s Work and the Urban Household Economy in Developing Countries,” co-written with Briavel Holcomb, in Women’s Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience, Briavel Holcomb and Meredith Turshen, eds. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993).

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