Ardis Cameron is Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of
Southern Maine. 

Cameron was named a Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowships in 2002 and
received a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship in 2001. She
is the author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence,
Massachusetts (University of Illinois Press, 1994) and contributing editor of Looking For
America: The Visual Production of Nation and People (Blackwell publications, 2004). Her
articles on women, working class history, and visual culture have appeared in the
American Quarterly, The Journal of Women’s History, Labor, and the Journal of
International Labor and Working Class History. She is currently working on a manuscript,
“Unbuttoning America: A Biography of Peyton Place and the Unquiet Reader.” 



Spaces of Encounter: The Cultural Labor of Class Difference, International Labor And Working-Class History (2006)

This article explores the complicated relationship between narratives of working-class America and formations of national...



Boys Do Cry: The Rhetorical Power of "New" Labor History, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas (2004)

Originally presented at a panel discussion during the Social Science History Association meeting in Baltimore,...



When Strangers Bring Cameras: The Politics and Poetics of Othered Places, American Quarterly (2002)

Discusses two films that confront and transcend traditional documentary film. Traditional documentaries often depict other...



Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People, Faculty & Staff Books (2005)

Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People is a groundbreaking collection that...


Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Faculty & Staff Books (1995)

Focusing on the textile workers' strikes of 1882 and 1912, Ardis Cameron examines class and...


Contributions to Books

Never Enough: Peyton Place and the Making of a Literary Sequel., Return to Peyton Place (2007)

In 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England...


Women on The Move: Immigration and Migration,”, Companion to Women's History (2002)

This collection of twenty-four original essays by leading scholars in American women's history highlights the...


Open Secrets: Rereading Peyton Place, Peyton Place (1999)

Introduction to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious



Live on Camera: Grace Metalious, Celbrity Culture and the New Femininity, Roundtable on Peyton Place. American Historical Association (2012)

Unbuttoning America: Peyton Place in New England, Bethel Historical Society (2010)

Presentation and Workshop for High School Teachers, NEH Teaching American History (2010)

Labor History and Female Activism, University of New Enland (2009)

Working-Class Celebrity and 1950‟s America, University of Maine at Farmington (2009)

Book Review


Cultures of Belonging: Women, Popular Culture and Activism, Journal of Women's History (2006)

Reviews three books about cultural life of women. "What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the...



American Abyss: Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (2001)

Popular Press

Art, Who Needs It?, Bangor Daily News (2011)

Maine Voices: Don't Weaken Child Labor Laws, Portland Press Herald (2011)

Post Election Blues, Bangor Daily News (2004)



Gay Lesbian Rights Under Attack, The Portland Press Herald (1998)



Multiculturalism and the Backlash, Portland Press Herald (1994)




Interview for "Peyton Place's Real Victim.", Vanity Fair (2006)

The article features Grace Metalious, a housewife and author of the book Peyton Place. The...


Interviewed for “The States.”, The History Channel (2005)

Commentary for “Town Meeting”, National Public Radio (2003)

Script writer and on-camera historian for “The Irish Empire”, The British Broadcasting Company (2000)