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Jill Fields

Professor and Founding Coordinator, Jewish Studies Program

Jill Fields

Office: Social Science 123


Office Phone: 559-278-5414


Ph.D  - University of Southern California
Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies - University of Southern California
M.A. - University of Southern California
B.A. - University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 102T - Representations of Jewish Women T 6:00-8:50 pm
HIST 154 - Jewish American Popular Culture W 6:00 - 8:50 pm

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 101 - Women in History TTH 3:30 - 4:45 pm
HIST 190 - Independent Study  
HIST 210T - Asians and Jews in American History T 6:00 - 8:50 pm

  • Modern U.S.
  • U.S. Women's History
  • U.S. Popular Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Jewish Studies


An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie & Sexuality (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

  • Western Association of Women Historians Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra 2008 Book Prize. 

Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, editor (NY: Routledge, 2012). 

Book Chapters:

“Introduction,” in Jill Fields, editor, Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists (NY: Routledge, 2012).

"Romancing the Race Card with Nurse Betty," in Laura Gray-Rosendale, editor, The {Next} Reader: Reading and Writing about Popular Culture (NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007).

"Architectures of Seduction: Intimate Apparel Trade Shows and Retail Department Design, 1920-1940," in Elspeth Brown, Catherine Gudis and Marina Moskowitz, editors, Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960 (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006).

"Erotic Modesty: [Ad]dressing Female Sexuality and Propriety in Open and Closed Drawers, 1800-1930," in Carole Turbin and Barbara Burnham, editors, Material Strategies: Dress & Gender in Historical Perspectives (London: Blackwell, 2003).

"Fighting the Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corsets and Culture, 1900-1930," in Philip Scranton, editor, Beauty and Business (New York: Routledge, 2001).


“‘Where My Dreidel At?’: Representing Jewish Identity in Orange Is the New Black,” Journal of Jewish Identities 13:1 (January 2020).

Review: Joyce Antler, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement (NY: New York University Press, 2018), American Historical Review (February 2020).

“Was Peggy Guggenheim Jewish?: Art Collecting and Representations of Jewish Identity In and Out of Postwar Venice,” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues 25 (Fall 5774/2013), 51-74.

"Frontiers in Feminist Art History," Frontiers: Special Issue on Feminist Art (Fall 2012).

"Beauty and Undergarments in the Twentieth Century," in E. Azoulay, A. Demian, D. Frioux, editors, 100,000 Years of Beauty (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 2009).

"I See London, I See France....", Los Angeles Times Op-Ed page (September 10, 2007; reprinted subsequently in a number of newspapers nationwide and internationally).

"From Black Venus to Blonde Venus: The Meanings of Black Lingerie," Women's History Review 15:4 (September 2006), 611-623.

"Today's Feminism," in Lauren Ross, curator/editor, Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s (NY: White Columns exhibition catalog, 2002).

"Flora Langerman Spiegelberg," in Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, editors, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (NY: Routledge, 1997), 1301-2.

Book reviews published in Labour/Le Travail, Enterprise & Society, Journal of Social History, Bulletin of the History of Medicine



  • Recent U.S. History
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • History/Women's Studies
  • U.S. Women's History (cross-listed)
  • Fashion and History (cross-listed)
  • The Holocaust in American Culture
  • Jews in American Film


  • Topics in American History -- Gender, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture
  • Topics in World History -- Diaspora and Global Cultures

I am completing a supplemental textbook for undergraduate world history courses, Fashion in World History, for the series Themes in World History. I am also developing a book-length study exploring Jewish women, identity, and popular culture.