Katherine Parkin, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, Temple University

Office: Howard Hall, Room 335

Phone: 732-571-4492

Email: kparkin@monmouth.edu

Regularly Taught Courses:

US Women's History

History of Sexuality in America

Cultural History of Advertising

Research Interests:

Katherine Parkin is writing a social and cultural history of women and cars in the twentieth century U.S.

Selected Works:


Food is love Food is Love: Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

Bob Edwards
Prof. Parkin appeared on Bob Edwards's NPR show.
You can listen to her interview here:
 Part 1,    Part 2



Scholarly Articles:

“Glittering Mockery”: Twentieth-Century Leap Year Marriage Proposals,” Journal of Family History 37(1) January 2012: 85-104.

"The Key to the Universe: Springsteen, Masculinity, and the Car," in Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon, edited by David Izzo. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2011.

“It’s Up to the Women: House Work and Identity in American Life,” Gender & History 22(2) August 2010: 451-457.

“The Sex of Food and Ernest Dichter: The Illusion of Inevitability.” Advertising & Society Review 5(2) 2004.

“Campbell’s Soup and the Long Shelf Life of Traditional Gender Roles.” Kitchen Culture in America: Representations of Food, Gender, and Race. Ed. Sherrie A. Inness. University of Pennsylvania Press, January 2001.

Presentations/Invited Talks:

In December 2005, I was an invited presenter at a symposium in Vienna, Austria, where I presented my paper, "'The Power of Real, Unadulterated Sex': Ernest Dichter, Libido, and American Advertising."