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News about Wayne State University professor and Saline resident Liette Gidlow

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Dear members of the Saline Post news team, 

Below is a news release about a major honor received by one of Wayne State's faculty members, Liette Gidlow of the Department of History. She has recently been named a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and she resides in Saline.

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Sally Hanchett
Organization of American Historians

September 21, 2021

Contact: Sally Hanchett, OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program Coordinator
Office: 812-855-7311 | E-mail:


The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has named Liette Gidlow as a Distinguished Lecturer. She is a Wayne State University historian who specializes in modern U. S. politics.

Gidlow is one of 23 new speakers appointed to OAH’s esteemed Distinguished Lectureship Program this year. She and the other appointees, who are affiliated with some of the nation’s top universities, join the roster of Distinguished Lecturers who share their expertise with audiences across the country, provide historical context on important topics, and headline commemorations and other events as keynote speakers and panelists.

“Professor Gidlow is a prominent and productive scholar and speaker,” said Beth English, OAH executive director. “We congratulate her on achieving this high honor.”

Gidlow’s research interests include voting rights, women’s rights, gender history, and African American political activism. She is a professor in Wayne State’s Department of History and received the university’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019. Also in that year, she served as the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where her work for the Long Nineteenth Amendment Project helped mark the woman suffrage centennial. Her research there led to her current book project which uncovers the connections between the woman suffrage movement of 1920 and the Black freedom movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Gidlow is the author of two books, Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in Election 2008 (2012) and The Big Vote: Gender, Consumer Culture, and the Politics of Exclusion, 1890s-1920s (2007), as well as numerous articles.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers agree to donate their speaking fees to the OAH, and their participation in the program provides valuable educational outreach and engagement within communities.

“Our Distinguished Lecturers increase public awareness of our nation's history and help the organization fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in history and encouraging wide discussion of historical questions,” English said. “We thank Professor Gidlow for her service to the organization.”

To arrange an in-person lecture or virtual event with Liette Gidlow or to learn more about the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, visit


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