Karen Pastorello currently chairs the Women and Gender Studies Program. She earned a Ph.D. in Modern American History from Binghamton University, 2001; an M.A. in American Labor History from Arizona State University, 1985; and a B.A. in History and Education from St. John Fisher College, 1977.
Dr. Pastorello has taught at Tompkins Cortland Community College since 1990. She teaches the American History survey courses as well as 19th Century Labor History, U.S. Women’s History, and Women and Work. Her interests include progressive era labor history and labor feminism. She has published several articles and two books: A Power Among Them: Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the Making of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (University of Illinois Press, 2008); and, most recently, The Progressives: Activism and Reform in American Society, 1893-1917. (John Wiley and Sons, 2014).