Linda Eisenmann is Professor of Education, Professor of History, and former Provost of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Earlier in her career, she directed two doctoral programs at University of Massachusetts Boston: Higher Education Administration and Leadership in Urban Schools. Holding a doctorate in educational history from Harvard University, she is a historian interested in the social context of education.
Eisenmann’s scholarship examines three areas of educational history: women’s experiences, professionalization, and historiography. Her books include Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965 (Johns Hopkins, 2006), The Historical Dictionary of Women’s Education in the United States (Greenwood, 1998), and, as co-editor with Harold Wechsler and Lester Goodchild, The ASHE Reader in the History of Higher Education (3d ed.) (ASHE/Pearson, 2007). Her most recent article is “Building the New Scholarship of Women’s Higher Educational History, 1965-1985,” in Margaret A. Nash, ed., New Perspectives on the History of Higher Education for Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has served as president of both the History of Education Society and the Association for the Study of Higher Education; chaired the editorial boards of both the Harvard Educational Review and the Journal of Higher Education; served as advisory board member for A Measure of Equity: Women’s Progress in Higher Education (Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2008); and is currently Associate Editor, History and Philosophy, of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (Springer).