Jennifer Robin Terry

Visiting Lecturer
2112 Dwinelle

Jennifer Robin Terry is a social and cultural historian of United States history. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of childhood, labor, law, and culture in the twentieth-century.  She is especially interested in the ways that ideas, myths, and popular culture have influenced public opinion, policy, and legislation; with competing notions of children’s and parents’ rights; and with the experience of child migrants in and of the United States throughout the twentieth century.  She has published in the Journal for the History of Children and Youth and the Annals of Iowa. Her article, “They ‘Used to Tear Around the Campus Like Savages’: Children's and Youth's Activities in the Santo Tomás Internment Camp, 1942-1945,” looked at the experience of American and British children who were interned by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. It won the 2014 Neil Sutherland Article Prize for the best scholarly article on the history of children and youth. She is currently working on two projects. One examines the ways that deeply rooted cultural beliefs have influenced agricultural child labor law and practice. The other examines child actors as a class of laborers and interrogates the tension between the rights of children and that of their parents. Terry is also a member of the executive board of the Western Association of Women Historians.


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Summer 2018 131B US Social History from the Civil War to the Present
Fall 2018 128AC California, the West, and the World