Professor Robyn Muncy's scholarship and teaching focus on women, social policy, progressive social movements and labor/working-class history in twentieth-century America. Her first book, “Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935,” analyzes the role of professional and activist women in creating the U.S. welfare state. Her second volume, “Engendering America,” is a co-edited documentary history of gender in the U.S. since 1865. Her most recent book, “Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America,” is a political biography of activist Josephine Roche, which analyzes America’s progressive reform tradition from the Progressive Era through the Great Society. It is part of the Politics and Society Series at Princeton University Press.
Muncy has become increasingly involved in public history projects. Most significantly, she guest curated an exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. titled “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.”
She also has made several appearances on broadcast media, including an episode of “The Sixties” a 10-hour documentary broadcast on CNN, and “Fire at the Triangle” a PBS documentary on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.