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Tracey A Deutsch

Department of History 1045 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • women and consumer culture
  • women's history
  • 20th-century political economy
  • politics of supermarkets and malls

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: U.S. History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001.
  • M.A.: U.S. History, New York University, 1993.
  • B.A.: Religious Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 1990.


  • From Wild Animal Stores to Women's Sphere: Supermarkets and Mass Consumption, 1930-1950. Deutsch, Tracey, Fall 1999.
  • Untangling Alliances: Social Tensions at Neighborhood Grocery Stores and the Rise of Chains. Deutsch, Tracey, 2002.
  • Bessie (Pesi) Hershfeld Pomerantz. Deutsch, Tracey, 2000.
  • Making Change at the Grocery Store. Deutsch, Tracey, Enterprise and Society, forthcoming.
  • Encyclopedia of Urban History. Deutsch, Tracey, Co-Author.
  • Putting Commerce in Its Place: Public Markets in U.S. History: Deutsch, Tracey, American Quarterly, 2004.
  • Budget-Making in the State of Illinois: Deutsch, Tracey, Matt Stagner, Theodore C. Chen, Chaplan Hall Center for Children, 1991.
  • The Dictionary of American History. Deutsch, Tracey, Co-Author, 2002.
  • Review: Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers’ Trust from Wedgewood to Starbucks: Deutsch, Tracey, Journal of American History, 2003.
  • "Des Consommatrices Américaines Trés Engagées, du New Deal a la Guerre Froide,": Deutsch, Tracey, Alain CHatriot, Au Nom du Consammateur, 2005.
  • Review of Marina Moskowitz, Standard of Living: Deutsch, Tracey, John Hopkins University Press, Business History Review, 2005.

Research Activities

  • Making Change: Supermarkets and the Transformation of Consumer Society, 1919-1968: funded research, 2003-5 Grant-In-Aid, 2004 McKnight Summer Fellowship and Faculty Summer Research Fellowship

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor: Simon's Rock College of Bard , 2001 - 2002
  • Program Committee: Business History Conference, 2005 Annual Meeting
  • CLA Assembly: Member , 2005 - 2006

Outreach Activities

  • Professor: Project TEAM-UP, University of Minnesota, 2002 - 2004
  • Invited Speaker: Bridge to American History Social History Lens, February 23, 2004
  • Invited Speaker: College in the Schools, 2003
  • Member: Organization of American Historians, 2003 - present

Courses Taught

  • Hist 5XXX - Comparative History of Capitalism
  • Hist 3841 - American Business History
  • Hist 3348/WOST 3408 - US Women's History, 1890-present
  • Hist 1908W - Shopping: An Introduction to History
  • History 5910 Consumption and Twentieth Century Politics
  • History 3345- US History Since 1945
  • History 4961 Major Paper Seminar
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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