The Histories


Elaine Tyler May received her B.A. (1969), M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1975) in United States History from the University of California in Los Angeles. She is currently Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she taught at Princeton University from 1974 to 1978. An extraordinary vitae, May was the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History at University College in Dublin, Ireland in 1996. In 2008, she was the Douglas Southall Freeman Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Richmond. A distinguished twentieth-century historian, her specialties include the Cold War Era as well as gender, sexuality and politics. May has received numerous prestigious awards, the most recent being the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year. In addition to teaching, she has held the position of President of the American Studies Association from 1995 to 1996 and of the Organization of American Historians from 2009 to 2010. Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era maintains the common theme of her research, focusing on aspects of twentieth-century public and private life, found throughout May’s additional publications.