Georgina Hickey, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Georgina Hickey
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Social Sciences
3040 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

History, Urban and Regional Studies, Women's & Gender Studies

Research Areas:

Cities, Detroit, Public Space, Social Movements, U.S. History, Women

Biography and Education

Georgina Hickey received her PhD in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After five years on the faculty at Georgia Southern University, she came to Dearborn in 2001. She is a Professor of History and affiliate faculty in the Women and Gender Studies program and the Urban and Regional Studies program. She has served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences, Director of the Women in Learning and Leadership program, and Masters of Public Administration director. Currently, she is finishing a book on the history of women and public space in 20th century American cities.

Teaching Interests

U.S. History, Social History, Women’s History , Urban History,  Grassroots Activism & Leadership, Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests

U.S. History, Women, Cities, Public Space, Social Movements, Detroit


PhD Institution: History, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1995.

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Breaking the Gender Code: Women and Urban Public Space in the Twentieth Century United States, (University of Texas Press, hardcover 2023; Tantor audiobook, 2024).

Hope and Danger in the New South City: Working-Class Women and Urban Development in Atlanta, 1890-1940 (University of Georgia Press, 2003, 2005)

“Privacy in Public: Anti-Harassment Campaigns for Mass Transit in the 21st Century US,” Women’s Issues in Transportation: Summary of the 5th International Conference, Volume 2: Technical Papers (Feb 2015): 365-379.

“The Respectability Trap: Gender Conventions in 20th Century Movements for Social Change,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought: 7(2013):

“The Geography of Pornography: Neighborhoods, Feminism, and Battles against “Dirty Bookstores” in Minneapolis,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 32(Spring 2011): 125-151.

Awards and Recognition

Susan B. Anthony Campus Award, 2012, (recognizing efforts on behalf of women), Commission for Women, UM-Dearborn

Outstanding Research Award, 2009, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UM-Dearborn, for “Barred from the Barroom: Second Wave Feminists and Public Accommodations in U.S. Cities,” in Feminist Studies (Fall 2008)

Faculty Community Service-Learning Award, 2007, from Michigan Campus Compact, 2007

Outstanding Research Award, 2003, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UM-Dearborn, for Hope and Danger in the New South City: Working-Class Women and Urban Development in Atlanta