Mary Berkery, PhD.

Mary Berkery, PhDFaculty Program Director, History, School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Berkery joined Excelsior College as the faculty program director for history in June 2014. Before coming to Excelsior, she taught American history for Binghamton University and Southern New Hampshire University, including courses on the 1960s, the sexual revolution, immigration and ethnicity, and the theory and methodology of oral history. She also served as the Managing Editor of the premier academic journal in women’s history, the Journal of Women’s History published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and abstracted primary sources for the online historical database Women and Social Movements, published by Alexander Street Press.

Dr. Berkery has a doctorate and master’s degree from Binghamton University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History and a bachelor’s degree in American history from nearby Union College. Her research focuses on conflict and coalition-building among feminists and anti-feminists in the 1970s, particularly at the International Women’s Year Conferences held in 1977. Berkery conducted archival research as a Caroline D. Bain fellow at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. She also has expertise in the fields of human rights history, labor history, and immigration.


  • U.S. history
  • Feminist history
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality history
  • Human Rights history
  • Labor history
  • Immigration


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History, Binghamton University, 2013
  • Master of Arts, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History, Binghamton University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, U.S. History, Union College, 2007

Awards and Recognitions

  • Travel Grant, Binghamton University History Department
  • Rosa Colecchio Award for Dissertation Research, Binghamton University Graduate School
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Binghamton University History Department
  • Caroline D. Bain Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • GenNEXT Capital Region Student Leader, Albany, NY

Selected Presentations

  • “Conflicted Organizing: Controversies in Gender-based Social Movements,” panel presentation, Social Science History Association, Organizing Powers, Chicago, IL, November 2013.
  • “Cultivating Carolina Conservatism: Mobilizing to Defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in North and South Carolina,” panel presentation, Southern Association of Women Historians Conference, Women at the Borders of Southern History, Fort Worth, TX, June 2012.
  • “New Strands of Second-Wave Scholarship,” panel presentation, Upstate New York Women’s History Organization Conference, Binghamton, NY, April 2012.
  • “Negotiating Gender: North American Oral Histories,” panel presentation, University of Toronto History Symposium, “Experimenting With/In Text,” Toronto, ON, Feb 2011.
  • “Research on the Rights of Minorities and Oppressed Groups,” panel presentation, Broome County Human Rights Conference, Binghamton, NY, April 2009.

Selected Publications

  • “The New Suffragists of 1977 and the Challenge of Coalition Building at Missouri’s International Women’s Year State Meeting,” Missouri Historical Review 107, no. 1, October 2012.
  • “Introduction to the National Women’s Conference Official Briefing Book,” Women and Social Movements 1600-2000 16, no. 1, March 2012.