About

rubyoram

I am a public historian and PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a dual doctoral degree in United States history and public history (anticipated Spring 2020). My research within United States history focuses on education, women and gender, labor, urban space, and architecture in the late 19th and 20th centuries. My work as a public historian centers on historic preservation and using the built environment to understand diverse social histories that are often overlooked in the written historical record.

My dissertation, “Useful for Life: Chicago Girls and the Making of Vocational Education, 1880-1930,” examines how girls under 18 were schooled for work in Progressive-Era Chicago. This project argues that girls and cultural concerns for urban girlhood shaped the development of Chicago’s vocational schools and programs by the 1920s.