Kathleen first worked at the SSC as an undergraduate Ada Comstock Scholar (Smith '90). After earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in women's labor history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she taught classes at Smith and other area colleges as well as online. She was a principal interviewer for the SSC's Voices of Feminism Project from 2002 to 2004 and held an appointment as Lecturer in the History Department at Stony Brook University from 2004 to 2011.
She is the author of The Necessity of Organization: Mary Kenney O'Sullivan and Trade Unionism for Women, 1892-1912 (Garland Publishing, 2000) and several articles, including, "'Militant Mothers': Boston, Busing and the Bicentennial," in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Fall 2010). She regularly reviews new scholarship in women's history and popular culture for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
For many years Kathleen was listserv editor for H-Women. She is treasurer of the Coordinating Committee for Women in History (CCWH).