I am an environmental and cultural historian who focuses on the politics of domestic work in the primarily 20th-century U.S. As a scholar and citizen, I'm interested in understanding how household chores get continually remade as "women's work" across the 20th-century U.S., despite the litany of multi-gender actors—commercial chemists, appliance manufacturers, advertising agents, and wage laborers—who actively participated in reimagining housework. How do ideas of gender get mapped onto certain types of work? How have the unpaid producers participating in so-called "consumer" culture—unpaid homemakers, laundresses, washerwomen—shaped debates over the economic value of domestic work and the meaning of cleanliness? Under what conditions have the pleasures of homemaking been a viable or necessary possibility? My dissertation project, a 150-year history of laundry-washing in the U.S., let me think through some of these questions.


Field:
  • 19th/20th-Century U.S. history; Environmental history; Cultural history

MA Title:

  • "Start with the Kitchen Counter: Home Economics in the University Curriculum, 1880-1929"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "Line Dry: An Environmental History of Laundry Work, 1845-1992"

Education:

  • BA: Harvard University — Environmental Science & Public Policy (2009)

Awards:

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellow, 2016-2017.
  • Public Humanities Exchange grant recipient, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, 2015-2016.
  • Honored Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2014.
  • Certificate of Teaching Distinction, Harvard College, Spring 2012.

Courses Taught as TA:

  • History/G/ES 460 - American Environmental History (UW-Madison)
  • ENVR 109. Environmental Politics (Harvard Extension School)
  • USW-29: Making the American City: Civic Aspirations and Urban Dreams (Harvard University)
  • ES 112. Introduction to Environmental Studies: The Social Science Perspective (UW-Madison)
  • ES 113. Introduction to Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective (UW-Madison)

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • "Survival: A Literature Class" (Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College)
  • "Rule-Making and Rule-Breaking: A Literature Class" (Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College)
  • "Here I Am: A Self-Portrait Workshop" (Oakhill Correctional Institution)
  • "Introduction to Drama" (Oakhill Correctional Institution)

Spring Greeney

Spring Greeney

sgreeney@wisc.edu

Advisor:
William J. Cronon, Nan Enstad, Gregg Mitman, Anna Andrzejewski