Interview with Karissa Haugeberg


Documenting Women at Iowa

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University of Iowa


Karissa Haugeberg is an Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University. Haugeberg received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa in 2011. Haugeberg is completing her first manuscript based off her dissertation on the history of women anti-abortion activists in the United States. Her manuscript, Women to the Rescue: Leaders, Martyrs, and Foot Soldiers in the Campaign to End Abortion, will be published by the University of Illinois Press and follows the forty-year history of the contemporary U.S. anti-abortion movement from the 1960s through the end of the twentieth century. Haugeberg is also engaged with digital history and maintains a blog that highlights the primary and secondary sources available for studying the history of reproductive health in New Orleans.

While a graduate student at the University of Iowa, Haugeberg worked at the Iowa Women’s Archives beginning in 2009. Here she briefly shares some of the highlights of working at the IWA and some important and unexpected lessons she learned. While she worked with collections related to her dissertation research on abortion in Iowa and the U.S., Haugeberg also worked with the Council on the Status of Women’s HerStory project, “Women at Iowa.” From these varied experiences with Iowans and the Iowa Women’s Archives, she learned that the political identities of Iowa women were much more complicated than she originally assumed. For Haugeberg, the Iowa Women’s Archives was not only a site for her research but also a place for her personal and professional growth. These experiences allowed Haugeberg to put some of the skills from her history training into practice in a way that is meaningful to the people of Iowa.

Interviewer Katherine Massoth


Archiving Women at Iowa


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