Elizabeth A Dillenburg

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Elizabeth Dillenburg specializes in the history of Modern Europe and the British Empire and global history. Her dissertation - “Constructing and Contesting ‘the Girlhood of the Empire’: Girls' Culture, Labor, and Mobility in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand" - explores girls’ lives in the British Empire and the central role of these seemingly marginal figures in the colonial project. Using a transnational framework, her research analyzes how discussions about the education, employment, and emigration of girls both reflected and influenced broader political, economic, and social changes in the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current research projects include "Encountering Emotions in the Archives of Childhood & Youth" and “The Ozymandias of Delhi: Coronation Park and the Negotiation of Colonial Legacies in India.” She is the assistant editor of the Austrian History Yearbook and previously served as the editorial assistant for Gender & History from 2014-2016. She is currently co-editing (with Howard Louthan and Andrew Thomas) a volume on The Printed Book in Central Europe.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts: History, Marquette University.
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude: History and Psychology, Marquette University.


  • Modern Europe
  • Britain
  • British Empire
  • Global History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Childhood and Youth
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • Migration
  • Historical Memory
  • Victorian Studies
  • Sports History
Courses Taught
  • British History from the Seventeenth Century (HIST 3152)
  • History of Childhood (SOC SCI 30259)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Editor: Austrian History Yearbook , 2016 - Present
  • Editorial Assistant: Gender & History , 2014 - 2016
  • Editorial Assistant: Austrian Studies Newsletter , 2016 - Present
  • Member: Graduate Student Advisory Board, Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota , 2016 - Present
  • Childhood & Youth Network Representative: Social Science History Association , 2016 - Present
  • Co-organizer: Modern History Graduate Workshop , 2015 - 2016


  • “‘Helping to Make Our Empire Full of Good Homes’: Girls’ Culture, Labor, and Mobility in the British Empire,” Children’s History Society Biennial Conference, University of Greenwich, Greenwich: June 2018
  • “‘To be a girl here is much more difficult’: Narratives of Imperial Girlhood in the Girls’ Friendly Society": Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Biennial Conference, Rutgers University, Camden, June 2017
  • “‘The Care of the Girlhood of Our Empire’: The Girls’ Friendly Society, Child Emigration, and Domestic Service in the British Empire, c. 1890-1930": Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, New York, June 2017
  • “The Girls’ Friendly Society, Narratives of Empire, and Constructing 'the Girlhood of the Empire'": Writing the History of Youth in the Modern World, 1800-Present Conference, University of Sheffield, May 2017
  • “‘The Opportunity for Empire Building’: The Girls' Friendly Society and British Imperial Education": Social Science History Association Conference, Chicago, November 2016
  • “The ‘Pride of Race’: Domestic Service Debates in New Zealand and South Africa, c. 1890-1914": Gender & Empire Conference, Cologne, September 2015
  • “‘Go out to the ends of the earth’: British Girls’ Schools and the Making of Future Empire Builders, c. 1880-1920": Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Biennial Conference, Vancouver, June 2015
  • “‘The East and West have already met’: Educational Networks in Britain, Egypt, India, and South Africa, c. 1880-1920": North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, November 2014
  • “Servants of the Empire: Child Emigration and Domestic Service in the British Metropole and Colonies, c. 1850-1914": Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 2013
  • “Coronation Park and the Negotiation of Colonial Legacies in Delhi": Interrogating the Archive Symposium, Minneapolis, May 2013
  • “Imagining Britannia’s Daughters: Uncovering Imperial Themes and Iconography in Popular Girls’ Literature": Social Science History Association Conference, Vancouver, November 2012
  • “Imperial Edification: Dorothea Beale, Pandita Ramabai, and Imperial Networks at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, c. 1858-1906": North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Madison, September 2012
  • “An Imperial Education: The Influence of the British Empire on Girls’ Schools in Victorian and Edwardian Britain": Rutgers-Camden University Visions and Voices of Childhood Conference, Camden, May 2012
  • “Not Out: The History of Afghan Cricket and the Development of a Women’s National Team": North American Society for Sport History Conference, Austin, May 2011
  • “‘More than a Game’: Cricket and the Crossroads of South African History": Michigan State University Africanist Graduate Student Conference, East Lansing, October 2009


  • Volunteer: Minnesota History Magazine, 2018 - Present
  • Curatorial Volunteer: Girl Museum, 2017 - Present
  • Library Guide: History Day, 2011 - Present
  • “Domestic Servant Debates and the Fault Lines of Empire in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa and New Zealand,” in New Perspectives on the History of Gender and Empire, edited by Ulrike Lindner and Dörte Lerp (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), 179-208.
  • “The Cricket Pitch as a Battlefield: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Contexts of the 1960s Protests against Apartheid Cricket,” OFO: Journal of Transatlantic Studies 2, no. 1 (June 2012): 1-24.
  • Review of Religion and Women in Britain, c.1660–1760, edited by Sarah Apetrei and Hannah Smith (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 86, no. 2 (June 2017): 530-531.
  • “‘The Opportunity for Empire Building’: The Girls’ Friendly Society, Child Emigration, and Domestic Service in the British Empire,” in International Migrations in the Victorian Era, edited by Marie Ruiz (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 456-478.
  • Review of The Child Savage, 1890-2010: From Comics to Games, edited by Elisabeth Wesseling (Surrey: Ashgate, 2016), Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 263-265.

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