Jill FieldsJill Fields


Founding Coordinator, Jewish Studies Program

Office Location:
Social Science 123

Email: jfields@csufresno.edu

Office Phone: 278-5414

PhD. in History - University of Southern California
Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies - University of Southern California
M.A. in History - University of Southern California
B.A. in Women’s Studies and History (Honors) - University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 2020 Courses

History 179T - Jews in American Film T 6:00-8:50 pm
Jewish Studies 100W TTH 2:00-3:15 pm
History 210T - Jewish American Pop Culture TH 6:00-8:50 pm

Research/Teaching Interests:

Modern U.S.
U.S. Women's History
U.S. Popular Culture
Cultural Studies
Jewish Studies

Selected Publications:


An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie & Sexuality (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, editor (NY: Routledge, 2012). http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415887694/

Book Chapters:

“Introduction,” in Jill Fields, editor, Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists (NY: Routledge, 2012).

"Romancing the Race Card with Nurse Betty," in Laura Gray-Rosendale, editor, The {Next} Reader: Reading and Writing about Popular Culture (NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007).

"Architectures of Seduction: Intimate Apparel Trade Shows and Retail Department Design, 1920-1940," in Elspeth Brown, Catherine Gudis and Marina Moskowitz, editors, Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960 (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006).

"Erotic Modesty: [Ad]dressing Female Sexuality and Propriety in Open and Closed Drawers, 1800-1930," in Carole Turbin and Barbara Burnham, editors, Material Strategies: Dress & Gender in Historical Perspectives (London: Blackwell, 2003).

"Fighting the Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corsets and Culture, 1900-1930," in Philip Scranton, editor, Beauty and Business (New York: Routledge, 2001).


“‘Where My Dreidel At?’: Representing Jewish Identity in Orange Is the New Black,” Journal of Jewish Identities 13:1 (January 2020).

Review: Joyce Antler, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement (NY: New York University Press, 2018), American Historical Review (February 2020).

“Was Peggy Guggenheim Jewish?: Art Collecting and Representations of Jewish Identity In and Out of Postwar Venice,” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues 25 (Fall 5774/2013), 51-74.

"Frontiers in Feminist Art History," Frontiers: Special Issue on Feminist Art (Fall 2012).

"Beauty and Undergarments in the Twentieth Century," in E. Azoulay, A. Demian, D. Frioux, editors, 100,000 Years of Beauty (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 2009).

"I See London, I See France....", Los Angeles Times Op-Ed page (September 10, 2007; reprinted subsequently in a number of newspapers nationwide and internationally).

"From Black Venus to Blonde Venus: The Meanings of Black Lingerie," Women's History Review 15:4 (September 2006), 611-623.

"Today's Feminism," in Lauren Ross, curator/editor, Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s (NY: White Columns exhibition catalog, 2002).

"Flora Langerman Spiegelberg," in Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, editors, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (NY: Routledge, 1997), 1301-2. http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/spiegelberg-flora-langerman

Book reviews published in Labour/Le Travail, Enterprise & Society, Journal of Social History, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Courses Taught:


  • History 12: Recent U.S. History
  • History 100: Historical Research and Writing
  • History/Women's Studies 101: U.S. Women's History (cross-listed)
  • History/Women's Studies 102T: Fashion and History (cross-listed)
  • History 179T: The Holocaust in American Culture
  • History 179T: Jews in American Film


  • History 210T: Topics in American History -- Gender, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture
  • History 230T: Topics in World History -- Diaspora and Global Cultures

Recommended Websites:

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Library of Congress American Memory Project:

Making of America (Primary Sources for 19th C. America): http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/ and http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

National Women's History Project

American Women Through Time

"Women Working, 1870-1930," Harvard University Library Open Collections Program

Center for American Women in Politics

"American Women's History: A Research Guide" 

Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture 

Work in Progress:

I am completing a supplemental textbook for undergraduate world history courses, Fashion in World History, for the series Themes in World History. I am also developing a book-length study exploring Jewish women, identity, and popular culture.