History Department, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132


Harvard University, B.A., 1963

Columbia University, M.A., 1965

Stanford University, Ph.D., 1971


San Francisco State University, History Department, 1972-present; Professor, 1981-present.

Stanford University, Visiting Professor, Paris Center, 1999

University of California, Santa Cruz, Visiting Professor, Women’s Studies, 1998

Stanford University, Visiting Professor, History Department, 1997

Yale University, Visiting Lecturer, History Department, 1990

Stanford University, Lecturer, History Department, 1970, 1972

Sonoma State College, Lecturer, History Department, 1971


Writing Residencies: The Yaddo Corporation, The MacDowell Colony, The Millay Colony, The Djerassi Foundation, The Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center.

American Historical Association Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History, 1995

Visiting Scholar, Center for Research on Women, Stanford, 1997, 1992, 1983

Women's Heritage Museum First Annual Book Award, 1995

Western Association of Women Historians, Honorable Mention, Sierra Book Prize, 1995

National Endowment of the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant, 1992

Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program, 1991, 1989

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1990-91

SF State University Merit Award, Mini-Grant, and Summer Research Award, 1987-89

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship, 1987-88

International Holocaust Conference Grant, Oxford University, 1988

American Philosophical Association Grant, 1987

Foreign Office of Federal Republic of Germany, Travel/study Grant, 1986

American Council of Learned Societies, Grant-in-Aid, 1983

Hubert Herring Award in Latin American Studies, 1974

Doherty Fellowship, Santiago, Chile, 1967-68

Foreign Area Fellowship, Columbia University, 1964-66

Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year, Radcliffe College, 1962


To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era (HarperCollins, 1994; Harper Perennial , 1995; University of California Press, 1997)

Charlotte Salomon: Een Biografie (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1994); (Israel, Hebrew translation, 2003)

Out of Joint: A Private & Public Story of Arthritis (American Lives Series, ed. Tobias Wolff, University of Nebraska 2005).


"Women's Progress, World Progress," Journal of Women's History, Volume 17, Number 2 (2005).

"Seven Dilemmas of Representing...," in M. Steinberg and M. Bohm-Duchen, eds., Reading Charlotte Salomon (Cornell University Press, 2005)

"When One of Us is Ill," in Rethinking the Couple, edited by Marilyn Yalom and Laura Carstensen (University of California Press, 2002).

"Casing My Joints,"  in The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, ed. Rose Weitz (2002).

"Casing My Joints," Feminist Studies (summer 2000).

"The Rubble of the Past," The Women's Review of Books, December 1998

"Displaced Persons," The Women's Review of Books, lead essay, February 1996.

"Overcoming Silence," The Women's Review of Books, October 1993.

"Charlotte Salomon's Inward-Turning Testimony," The Shapes of Memory, ed. Geoffrey Hartman (London: Blackwell, 1993)

"Engendering an Autobiography: Charlotte Salomon's 'Life or Theater?'" in Revealing Lives: Autobiography, Biography and Gender, ed. Marilyn Yalom, Susan Bell (State University of New York Press, 1990), 183-192.

"Taking Her Life/History: The Autobiography of Charlotte Salomon," in Life/Lines: Theorizing Women's Autobiography, ed. B. Brodzki and C. Schenk (Cornell University Press, 1988)

"Artwork as Evidence: Charlotte Salomon's 'Life or Theater?'," Remembering for the Future: The Impact of the Holocaust on the Contemporary World (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1988), 1739-48.

"Commandant de Drancy: Alois Brunner et les Juifs de France" Le Monde Juif (Winter 1987), 143-72.

"Commandant of Drancy: Alois Brunner and the Jews of France," Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Spring 1987), 21-47.

"Alois Brunner: 'Eichmann's Best Tool'" Simon Wiesenthal Annual 3 (Kraus, 1986). 1-41.

"Salomon," and "Brunner," The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World

Biography, Twentieth Century Supplement, and the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Supplement.

"Family Metaphors: The Language of an Independence Revolution," Comparative Studies in Society and History (Jan. 1983), 154-180.

"Seeing The Second Sex Through the Second Wave," Feminist Studies 6 (Summer 1980), 247-276.

"Female and Male in Latin America," Journal of Inter-American Studies (Feb. 1974), 119-124.

"Teaching the Conquest of Mexico," in Teaching Latin American History, ed. E. Bradford Burns (UCLA Press, 1977), 26-33.

"Kinship Politics in the Chilean Independence Movement," Hispanic American Historical Review (Feb. 1976), 58-80.

"Adolescence," in Chanzeaux: A Village in Anjou,"; and co-editor with Laurence Wylie (Harvard Press, 1966; Gallimard, 1969).


Only Connect: Women’s Joint Troubles,” Berkshire Conference on Women’s History (2005)

“Create Her World Anew,” keynote speech, Charlotte Salomon Conference, University of Michigan (2003)

"A Teacher's Testimony on Teaching Testimony," Fortunoff Archive Conference, Yale University (2002)

"Extrordinary Bodies: A Story of Arthritis, Women, and Disability," Disability Conference, Arizona State University (2000)

"Casing the Joints: A History of Arthritis," Women’s Studies Colloquium, University of Arizona, Tucson (2000)

"Trauma and Creativity," Judaic Studies Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Arizona, Tucson (2000)

"Theories of Biography," Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA (2000)

"A Netherlands National Treasure, A Wartime Artist," University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands (1999)

"The ‘Deformed’ Woman," Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Rochester (1999)

"Gender, Disability, and Public History," Disability and Public History Conference, Smithsonian Institute (1999)

"Women in the Visual Arts," UCLA Extension (1999)

"Scenes from a Partnership," Jing Lyman Lecture, Stanford University (1999)

"The ‘Deformed’ Woman," presentation for Stanford Institute for Research on Women and Gender Scholars Program (1998)

"Trauma and Creativity," lecture for Lucy Daniels Foundation Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1998)

"Body Parts" and "History Healing," the San Francisco Writer’s Group (1998, 1997)

"Managing Chronic Illness," Palo Alto Medical Foundation (1998)

"Writing the Jewish Future," Stanford Continuing Studies (1998)

"Woman Artist in the Nazi Era," Jacob Perlow Memorial Lecture, Skidmore (1998)

"The Triangle Fire and the American Jewish Immigrant Experience," Skidmore (1998)

"The Biographer’s Craft," Santa Clara University (1998)

"The Process of Destruction in the Holocaust," Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998)

"The Art of Exile," Ford Foundation Workshop on Diaspora Literatures, Harvard University (1998)

"The Stories of Cynthia Ozick," guest lecture, Stanford University (1998)

"Art and Politics in the Nazi Era," guest lecture, Stanford University (1998)

"Feminism and Disability," Feminist Studies core course, Stanford University (1997)

"Arthritis Self-Help," workshops on arthritis self-management, Stanford University Medical Center Arthritis Program (1997)

"Family Histories and the Holocaust," Inaugural Conference in Holocaust Studies, UC Santa Cruz (1997)

"Disabled Women," guest lecture, Stanford University (1997)

"Nazi Lies and Women’s Lives," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, University of North Carolina (1996)

"Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era," Women’s Studies Program, Cornell University (1996)

"Woman and Artist," Women’s Studies/Jewish Studies, Arizona State University (1996)

"New Perspectives in Jewish Studies," San Diego State University (1996)

"Conversation with an Author," Stanford University Libraries Associates (1996)

"The Ethics of Biography," American Historical Association, San Francisco (1996)

"Casing my Joints," Rockefeller Study Center, Bellagio, Italy (1996)

"Germany: 1933-1945," Sonoma State University (1996, 1995)

"Gender and Genocide," Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA (1995)

"Confronting the Nineties," Museum of Tolerance Arts Lecture, Los Angeles (1995)

"To Paint Her Life," Workshop on Teaching Women’s History, UCLA (1995)

First Annual Book Award Speech, Women’s Heritage Museum, San Francisco (1995)

"Beauvoir and the World of War," International Simone de Beauvoir Society (1995)

"Living with Literature," KPFA, Berkeley (1995)

"How an Artist Resisted the Nazis," Department of Art History, Duke University (1995)

"Female Artist," Women’s Studies Department, University of North Carolina (1995)

"Women in Art," Women’s Studies Lecture Series, Miami University (1995)

"Art Against Death," Drew University (1995)

"Jewish Art Among the Nazis," B’nai B’rith, San Francisco (1995)

"Autobiography as an Art Form," Psychobiography Workshop, San Francisco (1995)

"Psychoanalysis and Art," Psychoanalytic Institute of San Francisco (1995)

"Charlotte Salomon," Holocaust Center of Northern California, Larkspur (1995)

"Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era," Sunnyvale Public Library (1995)

"To Paint Her Life," Stanford Jewish Studies Program Reading Group (1995)

"A Jewish Woman Artist," Women’s Division, Jewish Federation, San Jose (1995)

"Books and Authors," Brandeis University National Committee, San Jose (1995)

"A Woman Artist in the Nazi Era," History Students Association, SFSU (1995)

"Salon Benefit Series Lecture," Djerassi Foundation Artists Program, Atherton (1995)

"The Art of Atrocity," Lehrhaus Judaica, Marin County (1995)

"Holocaust Remembrance Day," Plenary Lecture, Western Social Science Association Conference, Oakland (1995)

"Writing & Publishing: The Challenge of Biography," Western Association of Women Historians Conference, Asilomar (1995)

"Self-Expression," Bay Area Jewish Women’s Conference, San Francisco (1995)

"Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era," Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto (1995)

"Jews in Modern Europe," Harvard University Center for European Studies (1994)

"Gender and Genocide: New Research," U.S. Holocaust Museum Research Institute (1994)

"In the Nazi Era," Lecture Series, Jewish Museum of New York (1994)

"Perpetrator, Victim, Biographer," Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston (1994)

"Autobiography, Biography, Life Writing," Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego (1994)

"The Artwork of Charlotte Salomon," Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1994)

"Woman and Artist in the Nazi Era," US Holocaust Memorial Museum Public Lecture Series (1994)

"Forum," KQED Radio (1994, 1995)

Annual Jewish Book Fair Lecture, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco (1994)

"Becoming a Holocaust Scholar," Holocaust Survivors Network, Palo Alto (1994)

"Jewish Book Month," Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto (1994)

"Life as Literature," Agency for Jewish Education, San Leandro (1994)

"Cynthia Ozick: Historian and Mythmaker," Stanford Jewish Studies Reading Group (1994)

"Writing Biography," University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1994)

"Art and Life," Institute for Research on Women and Gender Associates, New York City (1994)

"Charlotte Salomon," San Francisco Jewish Community Center (1994)

"Life and Death of an Artist," Contra Costa Jewish Community Center (1994)

"One Artist’s Tale of the Nazi Era," Facing History and Ourselves Organization, Boston (1994)

"The Stories of Cynthia Ozick," guest lecture, Stanford University (1994)

"Jewish Woman in Nazi Europe," CUNY Graduate Center, NY (1994)

"To Paint Her Life," Holocaust Center of Northern California, San Francisco (1994)

"In the Nazi Era," Press Club of San Francisco (1994)

Faculty Biographers Seminar, Stanford University (1994, 1993, 1992)

"Artists and Nazis," New Haven Jewish Community Center (1994)

"Biography as a Labor of Hate," Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles (1993)

"The Written Life: Autobiography and Biography," Stanford University Conference (1993)

"A Woman Artist in the Nazi Era," Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, Israel (1990)

"Prejudice and Perpetrators," New Haven Prejudice Workshops (1990)

"The Politics of Biography," American Historical Association Conference, San Francisco (1989)

"Artwork as Evidence," Remembering for the Future Conference, Oxford University (1988)

"Convergences: Women's Studies/Jewish Studies," Stanford University (1987)

"The Holocaust, Women, and Survival," Berkshire Conference on Women's History, Smith College (1987)

"Literature of the Holocaust," guest lecture, Stanford University (1986)

"New Research on the Holocaust," UC Santa Cruz Conference (1986)