McMaster University
U. S. History



Assistant Professor

On Leave 2004-05

BA (Carleton), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Rutgers- 2002)

Karen Balcom trained in American History and comparative Women's History at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in the history of social welfare policy, women's reform networks, and adoption history. Her current project is entitled, "The Traffic in Babies: Cross- Border Adoption, Baby-Selling and the Development of Child Welfare Systems in the United States and Canada, 1930-1960." Work from this project has been published in Beth Hutchinson (ed), Modes of Knowledge and Action: Working Papers from the Women in the Public Sphere Seminar (Institute for Research on Women, 2000). An article on the Ideal Maternity Home (better known to Canadians as the "Butterbox Babies Scandal") in Acadiensis, Spring 2002. Ms. Balcom teaches for both History and Women's Studies at McMaster University.

Contact Information


Office Location: Chester New Hall 608

Office phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24152

Office Hours: On Leave 2004-05


Courses Offered as Schedules Allow
(For current course offerings, see the main menu on the history department homepage.)
2P03/Historical Inquiry
2R03/U. S. History to the Civil War 2RR3/ U. S. History since the Civil War
3FF3/The United States:1918-1950
3W03/History of Women in Canada and the U. S. to 1920 (Cross-List: WOMEN ST 3003)
3WW3/History of Women in Canada and the U. S. from 1920 (Cross-List: WOMEN ST 3GG3)
4J06/Special Topics in the History of the United States since 1865

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