Mother Studies

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Mother Studies is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering, and motherhood ~Martha Joy Rose, Thesis 2015

Introduction to Mother Studies

This course offers students an introduction to mothers, mothering, and motherhood through a critical lens. Using articles, statistics, film, and literature to examine perceptions of mothers throughout history. We will ask what is the social construction of motherhood as well as what is feminist motherhood? Materials highlight representations of mothers in the United States but also include examinations of global traditions, policies, and artistic interpretations of motherhood. So much focus has been placed on children’s development, and maternal health, which is important and vital, however, Mother Studies offers an opportunity to explore the emotional, physical, and representational aspects of procreative and caregiving labor. More classes coming soon.

This online course is open to students, scholars, and lay-people interested in the topic of mothering and motherhood, fathering, and fatherhood, as well as family studies. Participants in the School of MOM are encouraged to craft submissions to both the JourMS and to the Annual Academic MOM Conference upon completion of the coursework offered here. Academics teaching within this field are encouraged to join the Society for Mother Studies (SocMS). SocMS aims to increase the visibility of these emerging fields.

A community classroom version of this program is also available under The Educated Mother platform. See about bringing this class to your group.

Martha Joy Rose, BFA, MA, Director and Founder Museum of Motherhood. Ms. Rose has been teaching Introduction to Mother Studies since 2011. She has been developing materials for coursework over the last 15 years and has organized the Annual Academic MOM Conference since 2005 and as an adjunct professor at Manhattan College since 2015. She is a contributor to The 21st Century Motherhood Movement (Demeter 2011), Encyclopedia of Motherhood (Sage 2011), Sociology of Family (Sage 2014), and New Maternalisms (Demeter 2015) and co-edited the Music of Motherhood (Demeter 2018). Board member of The Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (JMI) (2015), founder of JourMS (2015). Ms. Rose earned her Master’s in Mother Studies from CUNY, The Graduate Center (2015). She is the mother of four amazing human beings and makes her home between New York, Ohio, and Florida. In 2009 Rose was recognized with the Susan B. Anthony award by NOW. [More]

This course has been taught at the Museum of Motherhood 2011-2020



Eckerd College Olli Presentation 2023

Link to Text: Eckerd College Preso 2023

Journal of Mother Studies



Jstor: New Directions in Motherhood Studies

Cuny Commons: Museum of Motherhood Process Journal

M. Joy Rose’s

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