Kathleen Tobin

Kathleen TobinAssociate Professor of History

Telephone: 219/989-3192
Office: CLO 296
email: tobin@purduecal.edu


B.A., Communications, Calumet College of St. Joseph

M.A., History, Purdue University Calumet

Ph.D., History, University of Chicago (1994)

Selected Publications

 Current Book Project

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today:  An Encyclopedia of Their Experiences (ABC-Clio, 2011).


Politics and Population Control: A Documentary History (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood
Publishing, 2004).

The American Religious Debate over Birth Control, 1907-1937 (Jefferson, North Carolina:
McFarland & Company, Inc., 2001).

Book Chapters

“Latin and South American History,” A History Highway: A 21st Century Guide to Internet Resources, Dennis A. Trinkle and Scott A. Merriman, eds. (Armonk, NY:  M. E. Sharpe, 2006), pp. 151-162.

“Threat or Ally?: U.S./Latin American Relations and the Middle East Conflict,” in War, Media and Propaganda: A Global Perspective, Y.R. Kamalipour and N. Snow, eds. (Lanham, Maryland: Roman & Littlefield, 2004), pp. 207-217.

“Catholicism and the Contraceptive Debate, 1914-1930,” in Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism: Persona Reflections on Tradition and Change, Sally Barr Ebest and Ron Ebest, eds. (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), pp. 202-216.

“Morality,” Beacham’s Encyclopedia of Social Change: America in the 20th Century, Beacham, 2001, pp. 728-776.

Selected Articles

Whose Civil Society?: The Politicization of Religion in Transitional Cuba,” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, (Summer, 2004), pp. 76-89.

International Birth Control Politics: the Evolution of a Catholic Contraceptive Debate in Latin America,” Journal of the Study of Religions and Ideologies (Summer 2002), pp. 66-80.

“Feminine Rebellion: New Notions of Sexuality during the Mexican Revolution,” Pie de pagina/Footnote, Summer 2002.

“The Reduction of Urban Vulnerability: Revisiting 1950s American Suburbanization as Civil Defense,” Cold War History, January, 2002, pp. 1-32.

“The Changing American City: Chicago Catholics as Outsiders in the Birth Control Movement, 1915-1935,” U.S. Catholic Historian, Spring 1997, pp. 67-85.

Research Interests

Population Policy


Birth Control

Social Issues

Social Studies Teaching

Teaching Interests

Latin American History

U.S. History