Cameron, Ardis (1948 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly

South Portland resident Ardis Cameron, born June 25, 1948, received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 1986. She is professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine and is a noted labor historian whose expertise includes 19th- and early 20th-century mill town culture and New England women in the labor market.

Her articles and book reviews have been published in academic journals such as American History, American Quarterly, International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Women's History, Women's Review of books, and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.

Through Cameron's efforts, Northeastern University Press republished Grace Metalious's 1956 novel Peyton Place, with Cameron's analytical introduction. She continued her research on the ways in which Metalious's book affected American culture with financial support from a 2001 Senior Research Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Selected Bibliography

  • Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860-1912 (1993)
  • Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People (editor; 2004).


  • Women's Work and Protest: A Century of Women's Labor History (1985)
  • A Companion to American Women's History (2005).