Professor Ciani specializes in the histories of women and gender across the Americas, with a focus on social justice issues. She is a Core Faculty member for the Women's & Gender Studies program and is a mentor for ISU's Women's Mentoring Network and FLAME (Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower). Ciani's interests in women's labors and activism derive from her former position as Associate Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County, an experience that prompted her to enter graduate school as a way to educate others to the importance of understanding the long-term affects of domestic violence.
112American Family:Change & Diversity
How the changing culture of work in transborder communities directed childcare strategies and policy formation. Her current research project is a study of educational developments in the mid-twentieth century on American Indian reservations in the southwest.
Kyle Ciani, "San Diego Zoo, San DIego, California," in American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, J. Mark Souther and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, eds. (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), 227-236.
Kyle E. Ciani, “A ‘Growing Evil’ or ‘Inventive Genius’: Anglo Perceptions of Indian Life in San Diego, 1850-1900,” Southern California Quarterly, 89:3 (Fall 2007): 249-284.
Kyle E. Ciani, “Hidden Laborers: Female Day Workers in Detroit, 1870-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 4:1 (January 2005): 23-51.
Kyle E. Ciani, “Revelations of a Reformer: Helen D. Marston Beardsley and Progressive Activism,” Journal of San Diego History 50:1/2 (Summer/Fall 2004): 102-123.
Kyle E. Ciani, “The Power of Maternal Love: Negotiating a Child’s Care in Progressive-era San Diego,” Journal of the West 41:4 (Fall 2002): 71-79.
Kyle E. Ciani and Cynthia B. Malinick, “From Spanish Romance to Neon Confidence and Demolition Fear: The Twentieth-Century Life of the El Cortez Hotel,” Journal of San Diego History 46:1 (Winter 2000): 3-33.
Kyle E. Ciani, “Training Young Women in the ‘Service’ of Motherhood: Early Childhood Education at Detroit’s Merrill-Palmer School, 1920-1940,” Michigan Historical Review 24:1 (Spring 1998): 103-132.
Paradoxes of the Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Failures and Successes https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/equal-rights-amendment-yesterday-today/
Kyle E. Ciani, “Reserved Space: Public Education in Post-World War II Navajo Communities,” Society for the History of Children & Youth, Biennial Conference, University of Nottingham, England, June 2013.
Kyle E. Ciani, “Motherhood Revisted: Maternalism in the Next Generation,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 2011.
Kyle E. Ciani, “The National Woman’s Party and Political Rhetoric: Visual Propaganda in the Battle for the Vote,” for the National Archives & Records Administration and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum commemoration of Women’s Equality Day, William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, D.C., August 2011.