Faculty Biography


Amy Richter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
Department of History
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7216
Email: arichter@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Richter received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. from New York University. She has been at Clark since 2000.

Dr. Richter specializes in 19th and 20th century American and cultural history, with an emphasis on women's and urban history. Her teaching repertoire includes the history of American women, U.S. urban history from the colonial era to the 21st century, Gender and the American City, and American Consumer Culture. Her book, Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2005. Her current research looks at marriage and the consumer marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century, and she is working on a primary source reader on 19th-century interpretations of home.

Selected Publications

Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity, Gender & American Culture Series (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).

"At Home Aboard: The American Railroad and the Changing Ideal of Public Domesticity," in Gender and Landscape: Renegotiating the Moral Landscape, Lorraine Dowler, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2005).

"A Few Great Men: Or How to Get Things Done in New York City," Journal of Urban History, Vol. 30, No. 2 (January 2004), 266-274.