Professional Activity

In January 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking at the annual meeting of the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates in Morris, Minnesota. You can find the text of my address, “Without Libraries,” here.

YaSOA Research Circle

It has been my good fortune to participate in the “Youth as Subject, Object, Agent” collaborative research circle, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota. This multi-institution, multi-disciplinary collaboration has resulted in an edited volume, currently under preparation.

SHCY Executive Committee

I am currently serving a term (2021–25) on the Executive Committee of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth. In 2021, I served on the SHCY Best Article in German prize committee; in 2022, I chaired the SHCY Outreach Grant committee.

SSHA Children & Childhood Network

From 2009 to 2018, I served as a network representative for the Childhood & Youth Network of the Social Science History Association. The network was established at the 2009 Annual Meeting, and has regularly sponsored engaging, generative panels at SSHA conferences since that point. Sessions have addressed topics such as children in wartime, fostering, children & youth as consumers, girls’ schooling, and epistemic/methodological problems in the history of childhood, among other questions.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Childhood & Youth network or attending the SSHA conference (this year’s meeting will be held in Chicago, November 17–20), please feel free to contact me for more information: bruce088[at]

Graduate Workshop in Modern History

The Modern History Workshop (GWMH) is one of several workshops sponsored by the History Department at the University of Minnesota. Approximately 10 meetings are held each year, allowing graduate students from the department and across the university to receive feedback on papers using historical methods from history faculty and students. I coordinated the workshop with Alan Fujishin from 2009 to 2011, and from 2012 to 2015 with Ellen Manovich.

For access to the GWMH website, UMN users may log in here.

IAS Childhood & Youth Studies Collaborative

With Kysa Hubbard, Mary Jo Maynes, Holley Wlodarczyk, I was one of the conveners of the Childhood and Youth Studies Collaborative sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota. This research group, which developed out of earlier interdisciplinary discussions about childhood and youth across the university, was formed in 2012 and was generously supported by the IAS for two years. The collaborative was also the recipient of a 2013 Outreach Grant from the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Please note that videos of many of the presentations and discussions in this excellent series are available at the IAS website.

From August 2013 until September 2014, I worked as the Editorial Assistant for the North American office of the journal Gender & History.

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