Joanne Klein studied Comparative History at Brandeis University where she received her M.A. in 1988 and studied History at Rice University where she received her Ph.D. in 1992. She teaches courses in Modern Comparative European History and a seminar and workshops on Women in Middle Eastern History. She is active in the Criminal Justice/Legal History network of the Social Science History Association, has served as network chair for four years, and manages the network’s web page (http://sspa.boisestate.edu/sshacrimjust/).
She has presented papers at SSHA conferences as well as at the European Social Science History Conference, the Carleton Conference on the History of the Family, the International Congress of Historical Sciences, the Social History Society of the United Kingdom, and various regional conferences. Her book, Invisible Men: the Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, 1900-1939, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2010. In addition to her work on policing, she is engaged in the project, “Inscribed in Stone: A study of grave stones in God’s Acre, Winston-Salem, NC,” with funding from an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship grant. While not teaching and researching, she enjoys playing Diplomacy, a semester-long game of strategy and tactics, for students.
Invisible Men: the Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, 1900-1939, Liverpool University Press, 2010
“Traffic, Telephones and Police Boxes: The Deterioration of Beat Policing in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester between the World Wars” in Policing Interwar Europe: Continuity, Change and Crisis, 1918-1940, Gerald Blaney, editor, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006
“The Failure of Force: Policing Terrorism in Northern Ireland” in Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics, Stacy K. McGoldrick and Andrea McArdle, editors, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006
“Irregular Marriages: Unorthodox Working-Class Domestic Life in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester, 1900-1939,” Journal of Family History, Vol. 30; No. 2, April 2005
“‘Moving On’, Men and the Changing Character of Interwar Working-Class Neighborhoods: From the Files of the Manchester and Liverpool City Police,” Journal of Social History, Winter 2004
“Blue-Collar Job, Blue-Collar Career: English Policemen’s Perplexing Struggle for a Voice in the Early Twentieth Century,” Crime, Histoire & Sociétés/Crime, History & Societies, Vol. 5, no. 1, 2002