Hallett, Hilary A.

Associate Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2021: Wednesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm 



Ph.D. — CUNY Graduate Center, 2005
B.F.A. — Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, 1990


Interests and Research

Hilary Hallett teaches broadly about the cultural politics of the United States from the antebellum period through 1968. Her research focuses on women’s history, comparative feminisms, and the relationship between popular culture and changes in gender and sexuality in a transatlantic perspective.   She is currently completing, The Siren Within: Elinor Glyn and the Invention of Glamour, which explores the transatlantic networks that supported the success of the British ‘sex novelist’ and early Hollywood personality, Elinor Glyn (under contract with Liveright-Norton).



  • History of American Popular Music, 1830-1990 
  • Gender History and American Film
  • Culture and Politics in the Progressive Era, 1890-1945
  • Making the Modern: Bohemia from Paris to Los Angeles
  • American Women’s History, 1968-2016
  • Culture, Memory, & Crisis, 1890-1968



  • Fellow, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library, 2016-17 
  • Jensen-Miller Prize, for “Based on a True Story,” Western History Association, 2012 
  • Historical Society of Southern California/ Haynes Foundation Fellowship, 2007 
  • Fellow, Center for the Analysis of Culture, Rutgers University, 2004-2005
  • E. P. Thompson Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, 2002-2003



  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies
  • Women & the Silent Screen



Go West, Young Women! The Rise of Early Hollywood  (University of California Press, 2013).


“A Mother to the Modern Girl: Elinor Glyn and Three Weeks,” Journal of Women’s History (Aug. 2018).

“Based on a True Story: New Western Women and the Birth of Hollywood,” Pacific Historical Review (May 2012): 177 – 210.

“Women’s Migration, Early Hollywood, and the Making of Los Angeles,” in Actes de  l’histoire de l’immigration, Image et representations du genre en migration, Numero special, vol. 7 (2007): 91 – 104.