Ruby Oram

Ruby Oram



Program: PhD, United States History and Public History

Dissertation: Useful for Life: Chicago Girls and the Making of Vocational Education, 1880-1930

Committee: Timothy Gilfoyle (chair), Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Elliott Gorn, Kate Rousmaniere


On the web: LinkedIn,

Office: Crown Center 557, Lakeshore Campus


Research Interests: 19th and 20th century United States history, including the history of education, women and gender, labor, urban space, and architecture.

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PhD, United States History and Public History, 2013 - 2019 (anticipated)
     Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

BA, American Studies, 2008 - 2012
     DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • HIST 212: United States History, 1865 to the Present

Discussion Section Instructor, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • HIST 212: United States History, 1865 to the Present 
  • HIST 102: Western Civilization, 1500 to the Present

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • HIST 300: Catholicism and American Politics
  • HIST 208: East Asia, 1500 to the Present
  • HIST 204: Global History
  • HIST 102: Western Civilization, 1500 to the Present

Professional Experience

Chicago Architecture Tour Guide, Wendella Boats, Chicago, IL (2016 - present)

Archives Intern, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL (2015)

Museum Educator, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2014)

Collections Intern, Photography Department, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2012)

Website Manager, Open House Chicago 2012, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL (2012)

Site Coordinator, Open House Chicago 2011, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL (2011)

Public History Projects

Creator of the website and interactive map, "Mapping Girls' Vocational Education in Chicago, 1879-1930," (in progress)

Nominator of Carter Harrison Technical High School, Chicago, IL, to the National Register of Historic Places (ongoing)

Nominator of Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, Chicago, IL, to the National Register of Historic Places (2017)

Interviewer and Transcriber, Chrysler Village Project Oral History Project, Chicago, IL (2016)

Co-Creator, Docent and Visitor Evaluation Program for Glessner House and Clarke House Museums, Chicago, IL (2015)

Content Contributor, Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA), Chicago, IL (2014)

Research Assistant, Loyola University Jesuit Libraries Project, Chicago, IL (2013)

Presentations & Publications

(review)Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Orderby Jon Shelton. Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (forthcoming, January 2019).

(tour) “Schools as Urban History,” American Historical Association Conference, Chicago, IL (forthcoming, January 2019).

(paper) “'I Am Old Enough and Sufficiently Educated': How Chicago Girls Navigated Vocational Schooling and Employment, 1900-1930,” History of Education Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM, November 2017.

(paper) “'Schooling the Truant Boy and Restless Girl': Gender, Delinquency, and the Rise of Vocational Education in Chicago, 1880-1920,” Urban History Association Conference, Columbia, SC, October 2017.

(paper) “'To Prevent Girls From Going Astray': How Gender and Delinquency Shaped Vocational Education in Chicago, 1870-1910,” Organization of Educational Historians Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2017.

(talk) “Why Preserve Lucy Flower Technical High School?” Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, February 2017.

(paper) “Girls' Vocational Education in Chicago,” Loyola University Chicago, History Graduate Student Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2016.

(poster) “Chicago's Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1978,” Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, October 2016.

(paper) “'I Went in a Child, I Came Out a Perfect Lady:' Gendered Education and Flower Tech, 1927-1960,” International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE), Chicago, IL, August 2016.

(paper) “'They Taught Us To Be Ladies:' The Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1960,” University of Illinois, Women's and Gender History Symposium, Urbana, IL, March 2016.


Susan Ramonat Teaching Fellowship in American Catholic History, Loyola University Chicago (2018-2019)

King V. Hostick Research Scholarship, Illinois State Historical Society (Summer 2018)

McCluggage Award for best graduate essay, History Department, Loyola University Chicago (2016)

Loyola University Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago (2013-2018)

The Richard DeCordova Award for best essay, American Studies Department, DePaul University (2012)


Student Research Paper Judge, Chicago Metro History Fair (2015-present)

Vice President, History Graduate Student Association (HGSA), Loyola University Chicago (2016-2017)

Chair, HGSA Public History Committee, Loyola University Chicago (2015-2016)

Committee Member, HGSA Conference, Loyola University Chicago (2014-2017)

District Coordinator, Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation (2013-2016)

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

History of Education Society

National Collaborative on Women's Historic Sites 

National Council on Public History

National Trust on Historic Preservation

Urban History Associaton

Author: Ruby Oram
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