Katherine A. S. Sibley, Ph.D.
Katherine A. S. Sibley is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is the editor of both Southern First Ladies: Culture and Place in White House History (2021), as well as A Companion to First Ladies (2016). She is under contract to write Michelle Obama: First Lady and “Mom-in-Chief” with the University Press of Kansas’s first ladies series; her earlier book in that series, First Lady Florence Harding: Beyond the Tragedy and Controversy, appeared in 2009, and led her to write and perform a musical play on Florence Harding’s life, in 2011. She also appeared on CSPAN’s first ladies series to discuss Harding. Presently, she is developing a new book series on first ladies (and someday, first partners of all genders) which will explore thematic and interdisciplinary aspects of their roles in the office. In a different vein, she has just co-edited Post-Cold War Revelations on the American Communist Party: Citizens, Revolutionaries and Spies (2021; her earlier books on Soviet-American relations and U.S. history in general include Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War (2004), The Cold War (1998), the prize-winning Loans and Legitimacy: The Evolution of Soviet-American Relations, 1919-1933 (1996) and a Companion to Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover (2013).
Sibley received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991 and is a founding member of the First Ladies Association for Research and Education. For more than a dozen years she was a member of the Historical Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of State and continues to serve on the executive committee of the Historians of American Communism.