Kirsten Delegard, she/her/hers Project Director, Mapping Prejudice Project

Full position title(s)
Project Director, Mapping Prejudice Project
Libraries department
Map Library


Kirsten Delegard is one of the co-founders of the Mapping Prejudice Project. A third-generation Minneapolitan, she trained originally as a women's historian and explored the history of women and politics in her early research. More recently she has devoted her energy to public history and unearthing the complex past of her hometown. This focus led to Mapping Prejudice and the Historyapolis Project, which Delegard also founded. 

In addition to her appointment in the libraries, she holds faculty affiliations with the Department of Geography, Environment and Society and the Heritage Studies and Public History Program.


Ph.D., History Duke University

M.A., History Duke University

B.A., Wesleyan University (College of Social Studies)

Awards & Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

Legacy Research Fellowship, Gale Family Library, Minnesota Historical Society

Academic Innovator Award, Minnesota Library Association, 2019

Governor's Geospatial Commendation Award, State of Minnesota, 2019

Alice Smith Public History Prize, Midwestern History Association, 2015

Selected Presentations & Publications

Battling Miss Bolsheviki: The Origins of Female Conservatism in the United States (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

"Contested Geography: The Campaign against Pornography and the Battle for Urban Space in Minneapolis," U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2016) 

Kirsten Delegard and Michael J. Lansing. “Prince and the Making of the Minneapolis Mystique.” Middle West Review 5, no. 1 (October 18, 2018): 1–24.

Co-editor with Nancy Hewitt. Women, Families and Communities: Readings in American History (Longman Publishing, 2008)

Image curator for Mary Wingerd, North Country: The Making of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press, 2010)

"“It Takes Women to Fight Women”: Woman Suffrage and the Genesis of Female Conservatism in the United States," Women of the Right: Comparisons and Exchanges Across National Borders, Sandra McGee Deutsch and Kathleen Blee, eds., (Penn State University Press, 2012)

“Women’s Movements, 1880-1920s,” A Companion to American Women’s History: Blackwell Companions to American History (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, Ltd, 2002)