Katherine M. Marino

Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty of Latin American Studies

Katherine M. Marino’s research and teaching interests include twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American history; histories of women, gender, sexuality, and race in the Americas; human rights; U.S. empire, and transnational feminism. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Women’s HistoryGender & History, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Her first book, Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2019), is a history of Pan-American feminism, a movement uniting leaders and groups throughout the Americas over the first half of the twentieth century. The book argues that Latin American and Caribbean activists were at the vanguard of global feminism and human rights. They promoted a “feminismo americano” encompassing women’s political and civil equality, social and economic justice, anti-imperialism, and in the 1930s and 40s, anti-fascism and anti-racism. At the 1945 United Nations conference in San Francisco, this movement helped enshrine women’s rights and human rights in the UN Charter. The book received the Latin American Studies Association Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations, the WAWH Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award for best publication which illustrates the use of a specific set of primary sources, and co-won the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women’s and Gender History from the International Federation for Research on Women’s History. It also received Honorable Mentions for the WAWH Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize for the best monograph in the field of history, and for the Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History for the most original book in U.S. women’s and/or gender history (including North America and the Caribbean prior to 1776), and was shortlisted for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America and for the Hungtington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens’ Shapiro Book Prize for an outstanding first scholarly monograph in American political, social, intellectual, or cultural history. The book is based on her dissertation that won the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation on U.S. women’s history. She also received the 2020 Bertha Lutz Prize from the International Studies Association, awarded to a scholar conducting the highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy. Her work has received support from national organizations, including the Mellon Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences where she was a Visiting Scholar in 2015-2016. 


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


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)

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.