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Dorothy Oxman Helly, American History educator. Ford Foundation grantee CUNY Academy seminar, 1993, 95; Rockefeller Foundation scholar-in-residence Bellagio Ctudy and Conference Center, 1991; American Council on Education fellow in higher education admisntrn., 1983-1984.


Helly, Dorothy Oxman was born on February 2, 1931 in Torrington, Connecticut, United States. Daughter of Benjamin Harrison Oxman and Sarah Rose Bernstein.


AB magna cum laude, Smith College, 1952. AM, Radcliffe College, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1961.


Instructor Hunter College, City University of New York, 1963-1968, assistant professor history, 1969—1977, associate professor history, 1978-1986, professor history, 1987—1999. Professor emerita, since 1999. Associate dean evening session/graduate students Hunter College, 1977-1983, coordinator women's studies program, 1984-1987, participant/coordinator numerous committees, workshops.

Member faculty Doctor of Philosophy program in history and women's studies certified program City University of New York, 1993-1999, co-facilitator University wide faculty development seminary, 1987-1990, 91-99. Senior associate member St. Antony's College, Oxford University, 1990-1991. Visiting research fellow International Gender Studies Center, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, 1989, research associate, 1990-1991.

Member Women Writing Women's Lives seminar, since 1993, member steering committee, since 1999. Evaluator, presenter, consultant in field.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Livingstone's Legacy: Horace Waller and Victorian Mythmaking, 1987, (with others) Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's Studies, 1983, second edition, 1995, 3d edition, 2005. Editor: Family History, 1985, (with S. Reverby) Gendered Domains: Rethinking Public and Private in Women's History, 1992. Founding associate editor Journal Women's History, 1988-1998, Women's Studies Quarterly, 1985-2004, advisory board, since 2005.

      Consultant, contributor articles to professional publications.


Secretary, board directors, Institute Research History, 1977-1980, vice-chair, board directors, 1980-1986. Member statewide advisory council to Commissioner Education on Equal Opportunity for Women State of New York, 1985-1994. Board directors Feminist Press at City University of New York, 1999—2007.

Fellow Royal Geography Society. Member American History Association, National Women's Studies Association, Royal Commonweatlh Society, North American Victorian Studies Association, American Council Learned Societies (prescreener fellowship program 1991-1992, fellowships committee 1992-1994, co-chair program committee 7th Berkshire conference women's history, 1984-1987), 4th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women (co-chair program committee, 1987-1990), North America Conference on British Studies (mid-Atlantic branch, chair program committee 1994-1996, president 1996-1999), National Committee Curriculum Transformation Consultant, National Council for Research on Women, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Walter S. Helly, March 4, 1956. 1 child, Miranda Irene.

Benjamin Harrison Oxman

Sarah Rose Bernstein

Walter S. Helly

Miranda Irene Helly