Dr. Judith P. Zinsser

Judith P. Zinsser

Professor Emerita

6209 Brown Road
Oxford, OH 45056


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PhD 1993, Rutgers University

Research Interests: 
  • European women's and intellectual history
  • Topics in comparative world history since 1500
Selected Publications: 

Judith P. Zinsser co-authored the two-volume A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, which has achieved international recognition. In Feminism and History: A Glass Half Full, she described the impact of feminism on history and the historical profession in the United States. As part of her work in world history, she wrote on the United Nations Women's Decade for theJournal of World History. Her critical biography, Emilie Du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment, was one of many of her projects on this unorthodox 18th century woman (including collaboration with the writers of a Nova special, the planners of an exhibition about Du Châtelet at France's Bibliothèque nationale, and the author of a winning play for the Pacific Coast Repertory Theater). A translation of a selection of Du Châtelet's writings done with a French colleague will appear in the series, The Other Voice of Early Modern Europe. She has served as president of the World History Association, and is a trustee of The Journal of Women's History.