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Name: Argersinger, Jo Ann E.

Historical Note:

Jo Ann E. Argersinger received her bachelor's degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County (1974) and her master's (1976) and doctoral degrees (1980) from George Washington University, all of which were in history. Her area of expertise is 20th century U.S. labor history.  Argersinger began her teaching career at Dickinson College from 1980 to 1983.  She was then faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1983-1994,and served as provost from 1994 to 1998.

During her time at UMBC, Argersinger helped establish its Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  She was a leader in a K-16 initiative that sought to reform teacher education by emphasizing the liberal arts in teacher training.  As Provost she began the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards.

Argersinger became the first female chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, serving the university from 1998 to 1999.  After a tense working relationship with the SIU Board of Trustees and SIU System President, she was reassigned to the history department faculty.

Argersinger has written three books, Toward a New Deal in Baltimore: People and Government in the Great Depression (1988), Making the Amalgamated: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Baltimore Clothing Industry (1999), and The Triangle Fire: A Brief History with Documents (2009). She has coauthored another three books, The American Journey (1998, 2001, 2004), Twentieth Century America: A Social and Political History (2005), Women At Work (A. B. Longman).  Argersinger also appeared in an episode of a PBS documentary called American Experience which aired March 2011.


UMBC News, "UMBC Provost Jo Ann E. Argersigner to Become Chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale," March 12, 1998, (accessed April 10, 2017).

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of History, "Jo Ann E. Argersigner," (accessed April 10, 2017).

Note Author: Cassidy Ward

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