Associate Professor, History
Program Coordinator, Social Science Teacher Preparation
- Ph.D. in History from University Of California, Davis
- M.A. in Public History and Archaeology from Sacramento State University
- B.A. in History from Sacramento State University
Wendy Rouse is a historian whose scholarly research focuses on the history of women and children in the United States during the Progressive-Era. Presently, Rouse is working on a project called "Queering the History of the Women's Suffrage Movement." This research explores how suffragists both reinforced and challenged heteronormative views of gender and sexuality while also highlighting the role of queer suffragists in the movement. The traditional narrative of suffrage history sanitized the private lives and public personas of individual suffragists contributing to the historical erasure of the lives and loves of prominent queer suffragists. Yet, it was through these intimate partnerships that suffragists forged powerful personal alliances, often across national and transnational boundaries that proved essential to propelling the suffrage movement forward. This research considers the stories of several lesser-known queer suffragists who dedicated their lives to furthering the suffrage cause even as they deflected criticism about their personal relationships and/or gender non-conformity.
Rouse has previously published two books on the history of women and children in the Progressive Era. The latest book, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self Defense Movement by NYU Press, examines the political and physical empowerment of women through the practice of boxing and jiu-jitsu in the early twentieth century. Her earlier book, The Children of Chinatown: Growing up Chinese American in San Francisco by UNC Press, considers the significant role of children in the history of Chinese America during the era of Chinese Exclusion.
Rouse is also the program coordinator for the Social Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP) at San Jose State University. The SSTP program is an undergraduate program designed to provide future social science teachers with both the content knowledge and the pedagogical training they need to be effective history/social science educators in the K-12 classroom.