Katherine M. Marino

Distinguished Research Fellow

Katherine M. Marino is Associate Professor of History at UCLA and a Promise Institute Distinguished Research Fellow whose research has focused on transnational feminist and human rights movements in the Americas.

Her first book Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2019), published in Spanish as Feminismo para América Latina: Un movimiento internacional por los derechos humanos (Mexico: Grano de Sal, 2021) demonstrated the vital role that Latin American and Caribbean feminists and inter-American organizing played in developing international women’s and human rights in the interwar years. Feminism for the Americas won a number of awards, including the Latin American Studies Association’s 2020 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award, Western Association of Women Historians’ 2020 Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award, and International Federation for Research on Women’s History’s Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women’s and Gender History.

She recently co-edited with Susan Ware the special Summer 2022 issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society on “Rethinking ‘First Wave’ Feminisms,” authored an essay on the history of Latin American and Caribbean feminisms in the Routledge Global History of Feminism (2022), and is writing a chapter for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on International Law and the Americas on Latin American feminism’s influence on international law.

In 2022-23, while on a Mellon New Directions fellowship, Marino will take courses at UCLA law school that focus on international human rights, immigration, labor, gender, and race, and that explore interactions between domestic and international human rights law. This training will help her launch a new project on how globalization has shaped women’s migration, labor, and transnational activism in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first-century Americas.


  • Ph.D. in History, Stanford University, 2013
  • M.A. in History, Stanford University, 2008
  • B.A. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2003

Selected Publications

  • Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)
  • [Spanish translation] Feminismo para América Latina: Un movimiento internacional por los derechos humanos (Grano de Sal, 2021)
  • Rethinking ‘First Wave’ Feminisms: An Introduction” with Susan Ware in SignsJournal of Women in Culture and Society 47, no. 2 (Summer 2022): 811-816.
  • New Directions in Feminism and Global Race Studies: A Book Conversation” with Tiffany N. Florvil, Kaiama L. Glover, Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, Robin Mitchell, Jacqueline-Bethel Mogoué, and Samantha Pinto in SignsJournal of Women in Culture and Society 47, no. 2 (Summer 2022): 1013-1040. 
  • Latin America and the Caribbean,” in The Routledge Global History of Feminism, edited by Bonnie G. Smith and Nova Robinson (New York: Routledge, 2022): 271-285.
  • “Women’s Anti-Imperialist Political Activism,” in “Roundtable on Empire and Suffrage Syllabus” with Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, Lisa Materson, Rebecca Jo Plant, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Women and Social Movements in the United States. 25, no. 1 (September 2021).
  • “From Women’s Rights to Human Rights: The Influence of Pan-American Feminism on the United Nations,” in Women and the UN: A New History of Women’s International Human Rights, edited by Rebecca Adami and Dan Plesch (New York: Routledge, 2021), 1-16.
  • Anti-fascist Feminismo: Suffrage, Sovereignty, and Popular-Front Pan-American Feminism in Panama,” in Engendering Transnational Transgressions: From the Intimate to the Global, edited by Eileen Boris, Sandra Trudgen Dawson, and Barbara Molony, 204-220 (London: Routledge, 2020).
  • “Interchange: Women’s Suffrage, the Nineteenth Amendment, and the Right to Vote,” with Ellen Carol DuBois, Liette Gidlow, Martha S. Jones, Leila J. Rupp, Lisa Tetrault, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Journal of American History 106, no. 3 (December 2019): 662-694.
  • A la vanguardia del feminismo global,” El Presente del Pasado, June 19, 2019. (Spanish translation by Fernando Pérez Montesinos, English version here.)
  • The International History of the U.S. Suffrage Movement,” National Park Service Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Commemoration Project, U.S. National Park Service website, April 2019. (Republished in modified form in Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective 13, no. 7, April 2020 and in Marjorie Spruill, ed., One Woman One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement, second edition (New York: NewSage Press, 2021).
  • “Anita Hill Roundtable,” Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies 35, no. 3 (December, 2014): 65-74. (a published forum with Sierra Austin, Giselle Jeter, Margaret Solic, and Haley Swenson)
  • “Marta Vergara, Popular-Front Pan-American Feminism, and the Transnational Struggle for Working Women’s Rights in the 1930s,” Gender & History 26, no. 3 (November 2014): 642-660.
  • “Transnational Pan-American Feminism: The Friendship of Bertha Lutz and Mary Wilhelmine Williams, 1926-1944,” Journal of Women’s History 26, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 63-87.
  • El movimiento feminista en la Zona del Canal,” La Prensa (Panama City, Panama), August 17, 2014.

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