Fitzpatrick's areas of expertise are in modern American political and intellectual history. She has written and taught extensively about twentieth century American history and the impact of politics on our understanding of the past.
Muckraking: Three Landmark Articles (St. Martin's Press, 1994).
Offers reprints of essays by Lincoln Steffens, Ray Stannard Baker, and Ida Tarbell to convey the texture, tone, and purpose of the muckraking journalism that shaped American political, intellectual and cultural life in the early twentieth century.
America in Modern Times (with ) (McGraw-Hill, 1996).
Offers an overview of American history from the 1890s to the end of the twentieth century that examines key social, economic, and political developments.
Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform (Oxford University Press, 1990, paperback 1993).
Studies the ways in which the newly emerging late nineteenth century social sciences shaped early twentieth century social reform.
History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980 (Harvard University Press, 2002, paperback 2004).
Analyzes American historical writing over a century focusing on how the evolution of the nation and its politics influenced the way historians viewed the past.
Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (Ecco, 2010, paperback 2011).
Offers the first published collection of some of the voluminous correspondence written by Americans in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Capturing the extraordinary eloquence of "ordinary" Americans across generations, regions, race, political leanings, and religions, the messages convey how Americans viewed John F. Kennedy and the struggles of the nation at a cataclysmic moment in our history.
In the News
Ellen Fitzpatrick quoted in Mabinty Quarshie, "Unbought and Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm Blazed Multiple Trails" KHOU11, February 14, 2018.
Ellen Fitzpatrick quoted in Peter Baker, "A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach" New York Times, September 24, 2017.
Ellen Fitzpatrick quoted on Hillary Clinton's political experience, "Hillary Most Experienced Presidential Candidate in U.S. History" NDTV, October 15, 2016.
Guest to discuss the gender gap in choosing a president on CNN, Ellen Fitzpatrick, September 25, 2016.
Guest to discuss the history of women presidential contenders on National Public Radio Utah, Ellen Fitzpatrick, June 14, 2016.
Guest to discuss the history of women presidential contenders on Minnesota Public Radio, Ellen Fitzpatrick, April 19, 2016.
Ellen Fitzpatrick's research on women presidential contenders discussed in . Ellen Fitzpatrick, "‘The Highest Glass Ceiling,’ by Ellen Fitzpatrick," New York Times, March 15, 2016.
Ellen Fitzpatrick's research on women presidential candidates discussed in "UNH Historian Pens Book on Women's Quest for Presidency," Foster's Daily Democrat , February 24, 2016.
"The Unfavored Daughter: When Margaret Chase Smith Ran in the New Hampshire Primary," Ellen Fitzpatrick, The New Yorker, February 6, 2016.
"America's Letters to Mourning Jackie Reveal a Nation Fractured over Civil Rights," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Talking Points Memo, November 15, 2013.
"'Killing Lincoln' and 'Jack Kennedy': Preoccupied with the Legendary," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Washington Post, November 8, 2011.
"Kennedy Commitment Has Stood the Test of Time," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Boston Globe, September 6, 2009.
"Kennedy Condolence Letters Shed Light on an Era of Hope," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Huffington Post, April 20, 2010.
"The Jacqueline Kennedy Tapes: Beyond the Gossip," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Interview with Rob Anderson, Boston Globe, September 24, 2011.
"What History Tells Us about the New Hampshire Primary," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Live Q&A, Washington Post, January 11, 2012.
"What the Polls Can't Tell Us: Response to Uncertainties," Ellen Fitzpatrick, Room for Debate, New York Times, January 17, 2012.