The University of Iowa

Landon Storrs

Associate Professor
Twentieth-Century U.S. Social and Political History
173 SH
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Landon Storrs specializes in twentieth-century U.S. social and political history, particularly in the history of women, social movements, and public policy. Her first book, Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) (, analyzed female reformers' campaign for state and national wage-hour laws during the Great Depression, when industry migration toward low-cost labor in the U.S. South was driving down wages nationwide. In October 2012, Princeton University Press published Storrs’s second book, The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left ( Based on newly declassified government records and freshly unearthed private papers, The Second Red Scare demonstrates that the federal employee loyalty program--created in the 1940s in response to fears that Communists were infiltrating the U.S. government— had a much broader policy impact than we have understood.  The program not only destroyed or distorted the careers of many noncommunist officials, it prohibited discussion of social democratic policy ideas in government circles--narrowing the scope of American political discourse to this day.  Storrs also explores the antifeminism of the Old Right, showing that how conservatives exploited popular hostility to female government officials in order to discredit left-liberal policies.  Storrs’s articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including the Journal of American History, Feminist Studies, the Journal of Women’s History, and the Journal of Policy History.


Storrs came to the University of Iowa in Fall 2012 from the University of Houston. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.


Landon Storrs teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of women, politics, and social movements.
• HIST 2251: History Colloquium for Majors (American)
• HIST 2262: U.S. History since 1877
• HIST 4280: Women and Power in the American Past
• HIST 4268: U.S. Politics and Society since 1940
• HIST 7275: Graduate Readings in the History of Women and Gender in the United States

Awards & Service: 

• American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (2006-07)
• Harry S. Truman Library Institute Scholar’s Award (2006-07, declined)
• Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant (November 2004)
• James Madison article prize, Society for History in the Federal Government 2004 (for “Red Scare Politics,” Journal of American History Sept. 2003)