Peg Strobel

Assistant Treasurer and Past Chair

Peg StrobelMargaret (Peg) Strobel is professor emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, also at UIC.

She cares about democracy (as did Jane Addams) and works to make it and social and economic equality a reality.

Strobel currently serves as secretary of the board of directors for Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of over two dozen museums, historical societies and cultural centers. The Alliance uses the strength of its constituents’ first voice to make a regional and national impact on cultural and civic policy in order to effect social change. It promotes cultural understanding and provides invaluable resources for government, museums, libraries, universities, businesses and other educational and cultural institutions.

Among the projects she worked on while at UIC is “Don’t Throw It Away! Documenting and Preserving Organizational History.”  With colleagues from the Special Collections Department of the University Library, she developed a workshop for grassroots organizations interested in preserving their organizational papers. The project covers why activist organizations should think about their historical legacy, what they should keep, how they should preserve those documents, and how to decide whether to donate or keep in-house their records. A pdf of a booklet covering these points is available at

Peg’s Chicago scholarly activity includes coediting Pots of Promise: Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House and serving on the editorial board for Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. In addition, she has published in the areas of African women’s history (Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya, in Swahili and in English translation); gender, race and empire (European Women and the Second British Empire, and, coedited with Nupur Chaudhuri, Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance); the development of the fields of women’s history and women’s studies, from a personal perspective; oral history; and public history. She is series coeditor of Restoring Women to History, with volumes on Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Her book Muslim Women in Mombasa, 1890-1975 won the Herskovits Award from the African Studies Association in 1979.