EDITH E. SPARKS
Ph. D., History, September 1999, Advisors: Gary B. Nash, Ellen DuBois, Carole Shammas
Diss: Capital Instincts: The Economics of Female Proprietorship in San Francisco, 1850-1920
M. A., History, June 1996
B. A., English Literature, May 1991
Courses Taught: Women in U. S. History; Contemporary Women’s Issues in Historical Perspective; Women and War; California History; Immigration History; U. S. History Survey II; Senior Research Seminar.
Women business owners in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women in nineteenth-century San Francisco, California laws regulating women’s economic activities, bankruptcy court records, Mary Ann Magnin, female financial literacy.
Book manuscript, tentatively titled Capital Instincts: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920, is under contract with University of North Carolina Press.
“Penny-Pinching Practicality: San Francisco Women’s Business Start-Up Strategies, 1850-1920.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Berkshire Women’s History Conference, Claremont, California, May 2005.
“Terms of Endearment: Informal Borrowing Networks among Northern California Businesswomen, 1870-1920,” Business and Economic History On-Line, Vol. 2 (Winter 2004).
“Terms of Endearment: Informal Borrowing Networks among Northern California Businesswomen, 1870-1920.” Paper presented at the Business History Conference, Le Creusot, France, June 2004.
“Airing Dirty Laundry: Race and Gender in the San Francisco Laundry Industry, 1870-1920.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, Honolulu, Hawaii, August, 2003.
Book review of The Making of “Mammy Pleasant”: A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco, by Lynn M. Hudson in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 101, Nos. 1 & 2 (Winter/Spring 2003).
“Family Business,” entry for Encyclopedia of Family History published by ABC-CLIO, Fall 2001.
“Women, Family Cooperation and Small Business Proprietorship in San Francisco.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Historical Association, January 2000.
“Married Women and Economic Choice: Explaining Why Women Started Businesses in San Francisco between 1890 and 1930,” Business and Economic History, 28 (Winter 1999), 287-300.
“Gold Intentions and Iron Wills: The Economic, Legal, and Personal Circumstances Behind Why San Francisco Women Started Businesses, 1850-1920.” Paper presented at the Business History Conference, Chapel Hill, March, 1999.
Studies, University of the Pacific. Member of the Oral History
Advisory Committee, helping to formulate questions and
approach to interviews with immigrant families.
Elected, Strategic Planning Committee, College of the Pacific, Fall 2000 to Fall 2006
University of the Pacific. Re-elected to a second-term.
Committee activated by out-going dean to set agenda items
For new Dean in Spring 2002.
Organizer, “Is Science Sexy?” panel on Science and Gender Fall 2003
Sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, University of the
Director, Stockton History Research Project, Jacoby Center Fall 2002 to Spring 2004
For Regional Studies, University of the Pacific. Directed
research of forty students into Stockton’s history during the
1890s and 1930s. Oversaw two public presentations of the
students’ research at the Stockton library.
Faculty Advisor, Women’s Leadership Conference, University of Fall 2002 to Spring 2003
the Pacific. Worked with students and staff to create program
for second annual conference.
Invited Participant, Lodi Speaks Project, Lodi Arts Commission. Fall 2001 to Spring 2002
Directed student oral history project focused on the WWII
experience of Lodi and Stockton Japanese Americans forced into
relocation. Introduced authors of Farewell to Manzanar at public
presentation for 500 people in Spring 2002.
Curator, exhibit on Japanese American Forced Relocation Spring 2002
At Hutchins Street Sqaure, Lodi, California, funded by the
Lodi Arts Commission and California Council for the
University of the Pacific. Oversaw efforts of ad-hoc faculty
and staff committee to bring a child development center to
campus; interfaced with senior members of the administration and
Board of Regents; met with church and community representatives;
made presentations to staff, faculty, and administrators; attended
training seminar in southern California.
Member, Mentor II Planning Committee and Recipient of a Fall 2001 to Spring 2002
Long Fellowship for the improvement of the course. Hired and
supervised two student research assistants in development of
new curriculum; worked collaboratively with faculty on planning
committee; presented new curriculum to Mentor II faculty.
Member, Humanities Committee, College of the Pacific, Spring 2000 to Fall 2002
University of the Pacific. Advisor to current Humanities
Program Director at inception of Humanities Center; attended
Humanities Committee faculty planning retreat Spring 2000;
worked with faculty in art and art history to develop collaborative
student assignment on local history.
Appointed, Provost’s Task Force on Information Technology Fall 2000 to Spring 2001
and Learning, Subcommittee on Pedagogical Applications,
University of the Pacific.