About Us

Mission Statement

The SHCY was founded in 2001 to promote the history of children and youth. The organization:

(1) supports research about childhood, youth cultures, and the experience of young people across diverse times and places;

(2) fosters study across disciplinary and methodological boundaries;

(3) provides venues for scholars to communicate with one another; and

(4) promotes excellence in scholarship.

Membership is open to all individuals as well as to cultural and educational institutions.

Current Officers

Pat Ryan, 2017-2019

VP-President Elect
Tamara Myers, 2017-2019

Secretary-Treasurer (appointed)
Kriste Lindenmeyer, 2011-Present

JHCY Editor (appointed)
James Marten, 2017-Present

SHCY Online Editor (appointed)
Patrick Ryan, 2018 –

H-Net Liaison (appointed)
Kriste Lindenmeyer, 2001-Present

Executive Committee At-Large Members

2017 – 2021
Valeria Manzano
Kristine Moruzi
Emma Alexander

Kristine Alexander
Paula Fass
David Niget
Ishita Pande

Tamara Myers
Dirk Schumann
Johanna Sköld

Caroline Cox
Michael Grossberg
Colin Heywood
Rebecca de Schweinitz

Ning de Coninck-Smith
Patrizia Guarnieri
Luke Springman

Outreach Committee
2017-1019: Catherine Jones (Chair), Julie deGraffenried, Corrie Decker

Nominating Committee
2017-2019: Thom Axelsson (Chair), Sarah-Anne Buckley, Steven Taylor

Graduate Student Representative
Mary Hatfield, 2015-2019

Digital Fellow
Carla Joubert, 2017-2018

Past Officers

Mona Gleason, 2015-2017
James Marten, 2013-2015
Bengt Sandin, 2011-2013
Steven Mintz, 2009-2011
Paula S. Fass, 2007-2009
Kriste Lindenmeyer, 2005-2007
Joseph Hawes, 2002-2005
Ray Hines, 2001-2002

VP-President Elect
Pat Ryan, 2015-2017
Mona Gleason, 2013-2015
James Marten, 2011-2013
Bengt Sandin, 2009-2011
Steven Mintz, 2007-2009
Paula S. Fass, 2005-2007
Kriste Lindenmeyer, 2003-2005
Joseph Hawes, 2001-2002

Secretary-Treasurer (appointed)
James Marten, 2001-2011

Executive Committee At-Large Members
Howard Chudacoff
Mona Gleason
Maritza Maymi-Hernandez
Patrick Ryan

Outreach Committee
Stephanie Olsen (Chair), Nell Musgrove, Pablo Toro Blanco

Nominating Committee
2016: Margot Hillel (Chair), Mary Hatfield and Orna Naftali

Digital Fellow
Celeste Tường Vy Sharpe, 2013-2016
Nate Sleeter, 2017

Rachel Hope Cleves
Julia Grant
Bengt Sandin

Harvey Graff
Sean Martin

Joe Austin
Leslie Paris
Kathleen Jones

Miriam Forman-Brunell
Peter Bardaglio

Graduate Student Members
Jessica Nelson, 2005-2009

Program Committee
2015 (Vancouver): Mona Gleason (chair), Marcia Chatelain, Shurlee Swain, Judith Lind, David Pomfret, Ishita Pande
2013 (Nottingham): James Marten (chair), Marta Gutman (chair), Margot Hillel, Mary Clare Martin,Dirk Schumann, Nicholas Syrett
2011 (New York): Bengt Sandin (chair), Ning de Coninck-Smith, Colin Heywood, Mona Gleason, Nara Milanich, Michael Grossberg
2009 (Berkeley): Steve Mintz (chair), Nina Christensen, Ning de Coninck-Smith, Audra Diptee, Maritza Maymi-Hernandez, Nara Milanich, Stefan Tanaka
2007 (Norrköping): Bengt Sandin (chair), Judith Lind, Ning de Coninck-Smith, Patrick Ryan
2005 (Milwaukee): Julia Grant (chair), Kathy Alaimo, Hamilton Cravens, Crista Deluzio, Ilana Nash, and Janet McShane Galley
2003 (Baltimore): Paula Fass (chair), Leslie Paris, and Patrick Ryan
2001 (Milwaukee): James Marten (chair), Miriam Forman-Brunell, …

Nominating Committee
2011: Paula Fass (chair), Julia Grant, Luke Springman
2009: Kris Lindenmeyer (chair), Adriana Benzaquin, Joan Cashin, Gary Cross, Melissa Klapper,
Diana Selig
2007: Michael Grossberg, (chair), Rachel Hope Cleves, Luke Springman
2005: Steven Mintz (chair)
2003: Peter Bardaglio (chair), Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Jeanine Graham, Catherine Gavin Loss


The Grace Abbott Book Prize

2017: David Pomfret, Youth and Empire: Trans-Colonial Childhoods in British and French Asia (Stanford University Press, 2015).

2016: Catherine Jones, Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2015).

2015: Ellen Boucher, Empire’s Children: Child Emigration, Welfare, and the Decline of the British World, 1869–1967 (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

2014: Daniel Rivers, Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II (UNC Press, 2013).

2013: Robin Bernstein, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood From Slavery to Civil Rights (NYU Press, 2011)

2011: Nara B. Milanich, Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850-1930 (Duke University Press, 2009)

2009: Catriona Kelly, Children’s World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 (Yale University Press, 2007)

2007: Julia L. Mickenberg, Learning from the Left: Children‚s Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Fass-Sandin Best Article Prize

2017 (English) Brian Rouleau, ” ‘In Praise of Trash’:  Series Fiction Fan Mail and the Challenges of Children’s Devotion.”  Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 9 (Fall 2016):  403-423.

2016 (German or Italian): Miriam Turrini, “Poco oltre la soglia: racconti autobiografici di aspiranti gesuiti a metà Seicento,” Studi storici 3 (July-Sept, 2014): 586-614.

2016 (English): Lydia Murdoch, “Carrying the Pox: The Use of Children and Ideals of Childhood in Early British and Imperial Campaigns Against Smallpox,” Journal of Social History, vol. 48, no. 3 (Spring 2015): 511-535.

2015 (English): Barbara Young Welke, “The Cowboy Suit Tragedy: Spreading Risk, Owning Hazard in the Modern American Consumer Economy,” Journal of American History (June 2014), 97-121.
(Honourable Mention: Emily C. Bruce, ‘“Each word shows how you love me”: The Social Literacy Practice of Children’s Letter Writing (1760-1860)’, Paedagogica Historica, Vol. 50, No. 3 (2014), 247-64. )

2015 (Scandinavian Languages): Karin Zetterqvist Nelson, “From children of the Nation to individuals in their own right,” Scandia (2012: 2) and Olle Widhe, “’The Battle Is Ours!’ A Study of Olof Fryxell’s Snow Castle: a Tale for Countryside Boys and the Revival of Gothicism in 19th Century Swedish Children’s Literature” (Samlarf 2013).

2014 (English): Nicholas Syrett, “‘I did and I Don’t Regret It’: Child Marriage and the Contestation of Childhood in the United States,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (vol. 6, Spring 2013).
(Honorable Mention: Helle Strandgaard Jensen’s “TV as Children’s Spokesman: Conflicting Notions of Children and Childhood in Danish Children’s Television around 1968,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (vol. 6, Winter 2013).

2013: Ishita Pande
“Coming of Age: Law, sex, and Childhood in Late Colonial India,” Gender & History vol. 24, no. 1 (April 2012)

2011: Aaron L. Alcorn
“Flying into Modernity: Model Airplanes, Consumer Culture, and the Making of Modern Boyhood in the Early Twentieth Century,” History and Technology (June 2009)

2009: Susan J. Pearson
“Infantile Specimens: Showing Babies in Nineteenth-Century America,” Journal of Social History (December 2008)

2007: Tamara Myers
“Embodying Delinquency: Boys’ Bodies, Sexuality, and Juvenile Justice History in Early-Twentieth-Century Quebec,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (October 2005)

2005: Timothy Gilfoyle, “Street-Rats and Gutter-Snipes: Child Pickpockets and Street Culture in New York City, 1850-1900” Journal of Social History (2004)

2003: Mona Gleason
“Disciplining the Student Body: Schooling and the Construction of Canadian Children’s Bodies, 1930-1960,” History of Education Quarterly (2001)

Outreach Grants

2016 Outreach Grant Winners:

$500.00 Grant
Conference, submitted by Dr. Gulay Yilmaz, Akdeniz University
Title: “History of Childhood in the Ottoman Empire,” 6-7 May 2016 at Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey

$1,500 Grant:
Symposium, submitted by Dr. Kristine Moruzi, Deakin University
Title: “Literary, Cultural, Social: (Re) Examining Historical Childhoods – An Australasian Society for the History of Children and Youth Symposium,”
7-8 November 2016 at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

2015 Outreach Grant Winners:
Two $500 grants were awarded to:

  • Conference, submitted by Prof. Sabine Fruhstuck
    “Child’s Play: Multi-sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan and Beyond, University of California at Santa Barbara (Feb. 27-28, 2015)
    Link to the conference report
  • Conference, submitted by Dr. Sarah Emily Duff
    “Making Modern Youth: Modernity and Categories of Age in Southern
    Africa,” at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research,
    University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa”​ (Sept. 16-18, 2015)


Article I
The name of the organization is the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY).

Article II
Section 1. Membership in the Society for the History of Children and Youth is open to all scholars and graduate students who study the lives of children and youth in the past.

Section 2. Membership dues and terms shall be established by the Executive Committee. Dates of membership will run for a calendar year. Only members whose dues are up to date will be allowed to vote in any Society election or to participate at Society conferences. Members are responsible for informing the secretary-treasurer of changes in their email or ground mail addresses.

Article III
The Society for the History of Children and Youth convenes regularly at locations chosen by the Executive Committee in conjunction with a Program Committee appointed by the President.

Article IV
Section 1. The officers of the Society for the History of Children and Youth are: President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Editor(s) of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Liaison to H-Net, and Secretary-Treasurer. The officers shall be members of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Section 2: The Executive Committee will govern the organization. Voting members of the Executive Committee include the President, Vice-President/President Elect, immediate past-president, seven at-large members of the Society, and graduate student representative (who must be a student at the time of election). No more than three at large members of the executive committee (not including the graduate student representative) can reside in the same country during any two-year period.

The Secretary-Treasurer, Editor(s) of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and Liaison to H-Net will serve as non-voting members of the Executive Committee. The President, President-Elect, and graduate student representative will serve two-year terms. At-large members of the Executive Committee will serve four years terms. The Secretary-Treasurer, Editor(s) of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and Liaison to H-Net shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. In the event of an unexpired term, the President in consultation with the Executive Committee is empowered to appoint a member of the society to complete the term.

Section 3: Elections for President, Vice-President/President Elect, and at-large members of the Executive Committee will be elected in odd numbered years. Four at-large members will be elected to four-year terms and the graduate student representative will be elected to a two-year term beginning in 2015. The other three at-large members will be elected to four-year terms beginning in 2017. Elections will be held electronically prior to the biennial conference. Six months prior to an election, the President will appoint a Nominating Committee, which will solicit nominations and applications from the general membership. The Nominating Committee will select at least one candidate for Vice-President/President Elect and no fewer than one candidate for each at large position on the Executive Committee. The names and brief biographies of the candidates will be emailed to members no later than one-month prior to the deadline for voting in the election. The nominating committee must ensure that each candidate has agreed to serve if elected. New officers will be announced via email. Newly elected officers assume their duties at the conference following the election.

Section 4: The Executive Committee convenes at a time convenient to all Executive Committee members. They may also “meet” at the President’s request via conference call or email. A majority of the Executive Committee must be in attendance to constitute a quorum. Duties of the Executive Committee generally include routine governance of the Organization and such specific assignments as assisting with the preparation of the agenda for the annual meeting and naming the Secretary-Treasurer and members of the Executive Committee as terms expire or vacancies occur.

Section 5: The professional residence of the Secretary-Treasurer determines the headquarters of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. A prospective Secretary-Treasurer must submit a letter signed by the candidate and by his or her appropriate supervisor demonstrating the commitment and support of the host institution or department and his or her personal commitment to provide an office as well as filing, stenographic, and computer services. It is the responsibility of the Secretary-Treasurer to maintain membership files, correspondence files, take and distribute minutes of Executive Committee meetings, maintain a Society web site, and maintain and submit an biennial report on Society finances.

Section 6: Duties of the President include but are not limited to appointment of committees, preparation of the agenda for the Executive Committee meeting, and conducting the Executive Council meeting and the annual business meeting of the SHCY. The President, with the Executive Council serving in an advisory capacity, acts as official spokesperson of the SHCY.

Section 7: Duties of the Vice-President/President Elect include but are not limited to planning the business meetings in cooperation with the President and serving on the program and any other committees appointed by the President. The Vice-President/President Elect will also serve as Acting President if the President is unable to perform his or her duties.

Article V

Section 1: Any SHCY member may propose for approval by SHCY Executive Committee a standing working-group or regional network of the Society.

Section 2: SHCY working groups and regional networks would report to SHCY Executive Committee, and will share the following features:
A – a chair or co-chairs.
B – a statement of purpose.

Section 3: Participation in the working-groups’ or networks’ activities ordinarily will require SHCY membership. Specific practices will be developed in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Section 4: Funds raised by the working-groups or networks (outside of SHCY membership) will be accounted for, dispensed, and held by the groups or networks.

Article VI
Amendments to this document must be approved by the Membership. They may be initiated by a simple majority of the Executive Committee or a petition from one-half of the Membership. Approval requires support of two-thirds of the Membership, in assembly or by correspondence, who cast votes.

Article VII
This document becomes effective if approved by the Executive Committee and by the membership at the 2001 meeting in Milwaukee, or by some other procedure to be determined by the Executive Committee. Implementation of provisions herein will commence immediately upon ratification.

Ratified in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, July 28, 2001.
Amended in Baltimore, Maryland, USA,  June 28, 2003.
Amended in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 6, 2005
Amended in Norrköping, Sweden, June 2007.
Amended in Camden, New Jersey, June 2017.

Signed by James Marten
Secretary-Treasurer, SHCY
March 10, 2008

Contact Information

Email: shcyhome@gmail.com

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