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General Information

Name:  Louise W. Knight  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1949 in Evanston, Illinois


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Knight was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Wineetka, Illinois. She returned to Evanston in 1992 and currently resides there.

Biographical and Professional Information

Knight is a biographer, public speaker, and writer. She has given talks at colleges and universities, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Elmhurst College. She has written book reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Women’s History, The Journal of American History, and The Women’s Review of Books She is also an independent scholar and Visiting Scholar in the Gender Studies Program at Northwestern University. Her field is American history, with interests in nineteenth and twentieth century American reform, women’s history, Progressive history, and radical rhetoric.Her articles have been published in the ''Journal of Women’s History'', ''Gender & History'', the ''Journal of Community Practice'', and ''Affilia: Women and Social Work''. She has written book reviews for ''The New York Times Book Review'', ''The Wall Street Journal'', ''The Journal of Women’s History'', ''The Journal of American History'', and ''The Women’s Review of Books''. She also writes for the ''History News Service''. Her essays have appeared in three collections: American Reform and Reformers, Paul Cimbala and Randall Miller, eds. (Greenwood Press, 1996); Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy, Marilyn Fischer et. al. (University of Illinois Press, 2009); and Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams, Maurice Hamington, ed. (Penn State University Press, 2010). She provided entries about Jane Addams for ''The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest'' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and ''The Child: An Encyclopedia Companion'' (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and an entry about Harriet Rice for ''Women Building Chicago: A Biographical Dictionary'', Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast, eds. (Indiana University Press, 2001).

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-- In 2007 she received the Russell P. Strange Memorial Award for her significant contribution to the study of Illinois history from the Illinois State Historical Society.