Mary Linehan

Mary Linehan

Associate Professor

Phone: 903.566.7371


Mary Linehan

Mary Linehan

Title: Associate Professor
Department: History
Building: CAS
Phone: 903.566.7371


  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame


Originally from Chicago, Mary Linehan came to UTT in 2009 as History Department Chair.  In that capacity, she added the university’s first course on gender to the curriculum, established an internship program, and equalized working loads between men and women faculty.  Prior to this, Mary taught the first Women’s History course in the 150-year history of the University of Notre Dame and co-created its Gender Studies program.  She earned a PhD from Notre Dame studying under Jay P. Dolan, Phillip Gleason, Walter Nugent, and Thomas Blantz.  As one of only two women in her graduate program, Mary focused her career on mentoring and advocating for women.  Her research focus is on gender and politics, especially as they are shaped by race and sexuality.  Mary’s work has been published by Brill, New York University Press, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Journal of Women’s History, US Catholic Historian, The Filson Historical Quarterly, and the presses of the universities of South Carolina, Indiana, and Chicago.  Her work has been funded by numerous institutions and agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mary also served on a committee of presidential historians to advise First Ladies Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump.

Mary’s greatest passion, however, is superior classroom instruction.  She is the recipient of six all-campus awards for outstanding teaching.  She is the department’s expert on post-Civil War US History.  Her UTT courses are listed below.  In each, she seeks to create an active community of learners where all feel welcome and folks help each other to appreciate the richness and sadness of the US past and its relevance to our present and future. 

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