Joan Kelly

JOAN KELLY was a professor of history at City College of the City University of New York for over twenty years and the author of Leon Battista Alberti: Universal Man of the Early Renaissance, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1969. In the 1970s, Kelly's interest turned to women's history and to feminist theory. She was a pioneer in the new scholarship on women, teaching both at the City College of New York and Sarah Lawrence College. Her articles on women of the Renaissance, the social relations of the sexes, and the formation of feminist consciousness are still widely read and cited. Joan Kelly had a lifelong concern for social justice and a conscious commitment to collective scholarship, activism, and the integration of theory with practice. She died of cancer in 1982. A posthumous collection of Kelly's essays, Women: History and Theory, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1984.

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