Alumni (National Fellow)

Julia Bowes

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
B.A. University of Sydney (2008)
M.P.P. Australian National University (2010)
Ph.D. Rutgers University (2018)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Michael Willrich
Brandeis University
Fields of Interest:
Gender History
Social History


Julia Bowes is an assistant professor of history at Hong Kong University (fall, 2018) She recently defended her dissertation, “Invading the Home: The Child, the Rise of the Liberal State and the Gendered Origins of Modern Conservatism, 1852-1933,” at Rutgers University. Her scholarship combines legal, political and women’s history to examine how gender, race and the family shape politics and governance in the United States. Linking local politics with national patterns, her archival research has spanned from Boston to Portland to Salt Lake City and Washington DC. Bowes’ research has been supported by numerous grants including the Donald J. Sterling Fellowship in Pacific Northwest History, and a dissertation grant from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. She was awarded the Joan R. Challinor Award for scholarly distinction in the area of national government by the Schlesinger Library, was a graduate fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and presently holds a dissertation fellowship in women’s studies from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Most recently, Bowes was awarded the Lerner-Scott prize by the OAH for the best dissertation in US women’s history (April 2019).

Thesis Description:

Invading the Home: The Child, the Rise of the Liberal State and the Gendered Origins of Modern Conservatism, 1852-1933

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