Jocelyn Olcott

Jocelyn Olcott

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
201 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 668-5298
Office Hours: 
By appointment.


Jocelyn Olcott is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Mexico. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Spring 2017).  Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press.  The book follows Michel's life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought — from late-nineteenth-century liberalism to revolutionary nationalism, populism, modernization theory, dependency theory, and neoliberalism.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 2000

  • M.A., Yale University 1996

  • B.A., Princeton University 1992

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Fellow awarded by Institut d'Études Avancées - Nantes (2017 to 2018)

Frank Kenan Fellow awarded by National Humanities Center (2013 to 2014)

Fellow awarded by Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University (2009 to 2010)

Grever, M, Waaldijk, B, and Olcott JH, . "Transforming the Public Sphere: The Dutch National Exhibition of Women’s Labor in 1898." Labor History 47 (February 2006): 138-40.

Olcott, JH. "The Passion of María Elena." The Americas 62 (July 2005): 147-49.

Porter, SS, and Olcott JH, . "Working Women in Mexico City: Public Discourses and Material Conditions, 1879-1931." Journal of Latin American Studies (2005).

Olcott, JH. "Review Essay: Exploring Identity in Latin American History." Latin American Perspectives 30 (July 2003): 107-119.

Bliss, KE, and Olcott JH, . "Prostitution, Public Health, and Gender Politics in Revolutionary Mexico City." Social History 28 (May 2003): 288-290.

Olcott, JH. "Crime and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society since Late Colonial Times." Ed. RD Salvatore, C Aguirre, and GM Joseph. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe 14 (2003).

Olcott, JH. "Review of Sex and Sexuality in Latin America, Daniel Balderston and Donna Guy, eds." Hispanic American Historical Review 78 (May 1998): 325-6.