Dr. Linda Van Ingen

Professor and Director of Women's Studies, 20th Century United States, Race and Gender, Historical Methods.

Office: COPH 103C   |    Phone: (308) 865-8772   |    Email: vaningenl1@unk.edu

Linda Van Ingen


Linda Van Ingen is a professor of History and director of the Women’s, Gender & Ethnic Studies Program. She teaches 20th Century US and Women's History, specializing in political issues of gender, race, class, and power. She came to UNK in 2001 after earning her Ph.D. in History from the University of California-Riverside in 2000. She also taught as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at California State University-San Marcos, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands in California, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California-Riverside. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Prior to living in the Midwest and Great Plains states, she lived in California and Massachusetts as well as internationally in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, South Africa, and Casablanca, Morocco. She has traveled widely, including many visits to the Netherlands and a study abroad semester in London, England.


HIST 250, American History: Colonial-1865

HIST 251, American History: 1865-Present

HIST 421, Women in America HIST 484, US History 1898-1945

HIST 485, US History 1945-Present HIST 495, ST: The 1960s

HIST 495, ST: The Immigrant Experience HIST 496, Senior Seminar: Recent America

HIST 848, American Women’s History (graduate online)

HIST 848, Civil Rights Movement (graduate online)

HIST 848, US in Cold War Era (graduate online)

ETHS 101, Introduction to Ethnic Studies

ETHS 370, Research in Ethnic Studies

WSTD 220, Women’s & Gender Studies

WSTD 420, Senior Seminar in Women’s & Gender Studies

WSTD 499, Special Topics in Women’s & Gender Studies


Dr. Van Ingen focuses her research on modern US political and social history with a special interest in issues of gender, race, and class. Her research publications contribute to the historiography of women in politics with studies of women candidates’ early twentieth-century campaigns in California and the gendered politics of power. She has also researched the rise of women’s late nineteenth-century independence, applying a class analysis to the financial challenges single women teachers faced as they aged. Current research applies an international lens to the gendered politics of the Cold War era, exploring the relationship between Connecticut Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce’s “American Century” politics and the rise of Americans living overseas. Dr. Van Ingen mentors undergraduate and graduate student research projects on twentieth-century US history, women’s history, civil rights, and immigration history.



Linda Van Ingen, Gendered Politics: Campaign Strategies of California Women Candidates, 1912-1970. Series in Women in American Political History (Lexington Press, 2017).


Van Ingen, Linda. “‘One Can’t Live on Air’: Sarah McComb and the Problem of Old-Age Income for Single Women Teachers, 1870s-1930s.” History of Education Quarterly 54, no. 2 (May 2014): 172-96.

Van Ingen, Linda. “‘If We Can Get Her Nominated, She is a Cinch to Elect:’ Helen Gahagan Douglas and the Gendered Politics of Accommodation, 1940-1944.” Journal of Women’s History 24, no.3 (Fall 2012): 140-63.

Davis, R., Ellis, M.R. and Van Ingen, L. “Civic Engagement and Task Force Teaching: Integrating the Veterans History Project into the University Classroom.” The History Teacher 42, no. 3 (May 2009): 341-49.

Van Ingen, Linda. “The Limits of State Suffrage: California Women Candidates in the Progressive Era.” Pacific Historical Review 73, no. 1 (February 2004): 21-48.

Van Ingen, Linda. “Hubert Humphrey.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, edited by David J. Wishart. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Linda Van Ingen, “Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, edited by David J. Wishart. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.