Assistant Professor, Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Fellow in Jewish History and Culture
Jillian M. Hinderliter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Fellow in Jewish History and Culture. She is also an affiliate of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth century American women’s and gender history, Jewish Studies, the history of medicine and health care in the United States, public history, and oral history. In 2023-2024, Dr. Hinderliter will teach WGST/AMST/JWST 253: A Social History of Jewish Women in America and WGST 330: Women’s Health Activism in Twentieth Century America, a new course she developed at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In 2021, Dr. Hinderliter earned her Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina. While at the University of South Carolina, she taught courses in American history and Southern Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in public history from Northeastern University and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. Before pursuing her doctorate, she worked for several libraries and museums in New England, where she specialized in museum interpretation and youth and family programming.
Dr. Hinderliter’s current book project explores how American Jewish women contributed to the feminist critique of modern medicine and worked to reform American health care from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Using organizational records, personal papers, and oral histories, she argues that Jewish activists helped found and sustain the women’s health movement at national, regional, and local levels. Throughout her work, Dr. Hinderliter contends that the women’s health movement did not have to be an expressly “Jewish” movement to be shaped by Jewish religious, cultural, and political traditions.
Dr. Hinderliter has published in the journal American Jewish History. She is a contributor to Jewish Women’s Archive’s Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women and the Jewish Women, Amplified blog. She has also worked on several public history projects and digital exhibits related to twentieth century women’s history, oral history, and social movements.