Louise A. Tilly Biography


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Louise Audino Tilly has been a pioneer in using sociological and statistical methods in the historical study of women, labor, and family life in modern Europe. She was the daughter of Hector (an engineer) and Piera (an artist) Audino. After graduating with a B.A. with high honors in history from Rutgers University in 1952, she married sociologist Charles Tilly in 1953. Two years later, she graduated with an M.A. from Boston University and in 1974 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is the mother of four children: Christopher, Kathryn, Laura, and Sarah.

Tilly has had an active and successful academic career. In 1971, she began her teaching career at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan, and since then she has taught at several major universities, including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Princeton University. In 1984, she became a professor of history and sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York, where she also served as chair of the Committee on Historical Studies. She has evaluated grant proposals for numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1993, she was elected president of the American Historical Association, one of the most prestigious achievements within the historical profession.

Her writings have dealt with various aspects of social history, conditions of workers, and changing gender roles. In methods, she has emphasized quantitative data,...

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Scanlon, Jennifer, and Shaaron Cosner. American Women Historians, 1700’s-1900’s: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. An excellent summary of the lives, careers, and writings of a large number of female historians, including Tilly.

Zinsser, Judith P. History and Feminism: A Glass Half Full. New York: Twayne, 1993. An interesting and informative account of feminist historiography since the 1970’s, with an emphasis on individual writers.