Dr. Lynne E Curry
M 3:00 - 5:00
WF 10:00- 12:00
Or by appointment
Frequently Taught Courses
HIS 3600, The U.S. Constitution and the Nation
HIS 3690, The U.S. Constitution and the Nation, Honors
HIS 2020, U. S. History Since 1877
HIS 4950, Industrializing America 1880-1920
HIS 5000, Historiography
EducationPh. D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Advisor: Dr. Sonya Michel
For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.
U. S. legal and constitutional history; historical intersections of law and medicine; children's rights
- U.S. Legal & Constitutional
- 20th Century U.S.
- Medicine, public health, and law
- children's rights
Selected Publications“The Historical Construction of Medical Neglect in the Twentieth-Century United States.” In Pour Une Histoire des Droits des Infants au XXe Siècle: Approches Transnationales, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, France, 2015.
The DeShaney Case: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Dilemma of State Intervention. University Press of Kansas, Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series, second printing, 2015.
“Lochner v. New York,” and “Muller v. Oregon.” In Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
"'Special Relationships': The State, Social Workers, and Abused Children in the United States, 1950-1990." In Dirk Schumann. ed., Raising Citizens in the Century of the Child . Berlin: Berghahn Books, 2010.
The DeShaney Case: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Dilemma of State Intervention, University Press of Kansas, Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series, 2007.
The Human Body on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002.
The Constitution and the Nation, Volumes1-4 . New York: Peter Lang, 2001. Edited with Christopher R. Waldrep
Modern Mothers in the Heartland: Gender, Health, and Progress in Illinois, 1900-1930. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 1999.
Selected Conference Presentations
2013 “From Religious Freedom to Medical Neglect: Faith, Medicine, and Children’s Rights in the Twentieth-Century United States.” Conference on Religion and American Society, King’s College, London, February.
2011 Panel chair and commentator, "Health Rights: The Potential and Problems of a Rights-Based Discourse in Increasing Health Equity". Conference on Constitutional Rights History, San Francisco State University, September.
2010 Panel chair and commentator for two panels, "From Charity to Civil Rights" and "Connecting Rights to People: Articulating Liberties and Justice." Conference on Constitutional Rights History, San Francisco State University, September.
2009 Panel chair and commentator, “New Perspectives on the Right to Bodily Autonomy Part I” and “New Perspectives on the Right to Bodily Autonomy Part II.” Conference on Constitutional Rights History, San Francisco State University, September.
2008 “Healing Children: Christian Science, Pediatrics, and the Law in the 20th Century U. S.” Society for the Social History of Medicine international conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom. September.
2007 “Who Protects the Child? The State, Social Workers, and Abused Children in the United States, 1950-2000.” Society for the History of Children and Youth biannual international conference, Norrkoping, Sweden. June.
2006 Panel chair and commentator, “Locating American Social Work: Comparative Perspectives on Professionalization and Priorities.” Social Science History Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota. November.
2006 Panel commentator, "Women’s Rights as Human Rights." History of Human Rights Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. April.
2005 “DeShaney v. Winnebago County: Child Abuse, State Action, and Children’s Rights in a Family Tragedy.” Raising Americans/ Raising Europeans in the Twentieth Century: German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. April.
Funding & GrantsInterdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity Faculty Travel Grant, Eastern Illinois University, 2015
Graduate Dean's Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, Eastern Illinois University, 2009
Council on Faculty Research Awards, Eastern Illinois University, 2009, 2004, 2001
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2005
Illinois Humanities Council Mini-Grant, 2000
Distinguished Honors Faculty, Eastern Illinois University, 2014
Rodney S. Ranes Faculty Mentor Award, Eastern Illinois University, 2011
Faculty Laureate, Eastern Illinois University, 2006-2007
Achievement and Contribution Awards, Eastern Illinois University, 2006 and1999