Karen Offen (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a historian and independent scholar, affiliated as Senior Scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University. She publishes on the history of modern Europe, especially France and its global influence, and on the becoming interested in building of transnational feminist networks, especially the first of those networks, the International Council of Women.
Author of European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History (2000; in French translation, 2012; in Spanish translation, 2015; in Serbian translation, 2016) and editor of Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945 (2010) and co-editor (with the late Susan Groag Bell) of the acclaimed documentary,Women, the Family, and Freedom: The Debate in Documents, 2 vols. (1983; still in print), she has also published many articles on feminism and women’s history in various languages. Karen’s two books on the “woman question” debates in France (1400-1870 & 1870-1920) are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. For further information, visit www.karenoffen.com

Other Works

  • The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870

  • Globalizing Feminism, 1789-1945, ed. Karen Offen

  • European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History


Awards and Recognition

  • 1995-96 – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. 1989 – (with Mary Beth Norton) Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Bellagio Conference on Women’s History. 1985-86 – Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship. 1980-81 – National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for Independent Study and Research.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Idaho, 2004
  • Alumnae Achievement Award, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 2012
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (Marquis Who's Who) - 2018