Emily Remus

Associate Professor

Department: History

Area of Specialization:

history of women and gender in the United States; history of capitalism and consumer culture; history of urban space and the built environment

Emily Remus is a social and cultural historian of the United States. Her research lies at the intersection of gender history, urban history, and the history of capitalism, with a focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She is particularly interested in the moral, cultural, and spatial dimensions of consumer society.

Remus’s first book, A Shoppers' Paradise: How the Ladies of Chicago Claimed Power and Pleasure in the New Downtown (Harvard University Press, 2019), examines the incorporation of women consumers into public space and public culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Her current book project, for which she was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, traces the influence of women and gender on the development of consumer credit in the United States.

Remus is also the author of several articles, including “Tippling Ladies and the Making of Consumer Culture: Gender and Public Space in Fin-de- Siècle Chicago," which was published in the Journal of American History. This article was the focus of an installment of “Teaching the Journal of American History” and received the Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Remus was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD with distinction from the University of Chicago.

Gender Studies Courses:

  • American Feminist Thought
  • Consuming America
  • Men, Women, and the American City

Email: eremus@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-9045
Office: 466 Decio