Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Emeritus Faculty


Title/s:  Professor Emerita

Specialty Area: Late 19th - 20th Century American History

Email: ppfeffe@luc.edu


Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1980

Research Interests

Interested in American social welfare and social reform of all types, as well as labor, women, and African-American history. My current research project is a biography of 30-year Hull House resident Esther Loeb Kohn.

Selected Publications

"Florence Dahl Walrath," in Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast, editors, Women Building Chicago, 1790-1930, A Biographical Dictionary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001, 931-33.

"National Council for a Permanent FEPC," in Nina Magkij, editor, Organizing Black America; An Encyclopedia of African American Associations. New York: Garland Publishing, 2001, 440-44.

"A. Philip Randolph, in John A. Garraty, Editor, American National Biography. Cary, North Carolina: Oxford University Press, 1999, 117-20.

"The Evolution of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin from Radicalism to Conservatism." Chapter in Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Black Conservatism. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999, 201-32.

"Esther Loeb Kohn" in Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, eds. Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 1997, vol. I, 747-49.

"Eleanor Roosevelt, the National and World Women's Parties," The Historian, vol. 59, No. 1, Fall, 1996, 39-57.

A. Philip Randolph; Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990; Paperback Edition, 1996. Winner, Human Rights Award from Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States, 1991. Submitted by Louisiana State University Press for consideration for Pulitzer Prize, 1991.

"The Women Behind the Union: Halena Wilson, Rosina Tucker, and the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters," Labor History, vol. 36, No. 4, Fall, 1995, 557-78.

"Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters," in Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1995.

"Frank Crosswaith," in Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1995.

"Halena Wilson," in Dorothy C. Salem, ed., African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993, 560-62.

"Anna Arnold Hedgeman," in Darlene Clark Hine, editor, Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc, 1993, 549-52.

"James Farmer," in David De Leon, Editor, Contemporary American Activists. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994, 79-88.

"Homeless Children, Childless Homes," Chicago History, Spring, 1987, (Spring 1988), 51-65.

"Russell Ward Ballard," in Walter I. Trattner, Editor, Biographical Dictionary of Social Welfare in America, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986, 51-54.

"'A Whisper in the Assembly of Nations;' United States' Participation in the International Movement for Women's Rights from the League of Nations to the United Nations," Women's Studies International Forum, November, 1985, 459-71.

Reviews in:

American Historical Review

Journal of Southern History

Journal of American History

Georgia Historical Review

The Historian