AHA President, 1993


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Louise Audino Tilly (December 13, 1930–March 27, 2018) was a pioneer in the study of women, work, and family life in 19th-century Europe. She earned her PhD in 1973 from the University of Toronto. Tilly’s dedication to social and women’s history opened the study of history to the lives of the common folk, and has paved a pathway for women in the profession. She taught at many history departments across the US and in Europe, and was the recipient of several important fellowships and grants. Tilly was the author of Politics and Class in Milan, 1881–1901 (1992).



The rebellious century, 1830–1930, by Charles Tilly, Louise Tilly, and Richard Tilly. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Women, work, and family, by Louise A. Tilly and Joan W. Scott. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978.

Class conflict and collective action. Louise A. Tilly, Charles Tilly, editors. Beverly Hills: Published in cooperation with the Social Science History Association by Sage Publications, 1981.

Feminist re-visions: what has been and might be, edited by Vivian Patraka and Louise A. Tilly. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Women’s Studies Program, University of Michigan, 1983.

Women, politics, and change. Louise A. Tilly and Patricia Gurin, editors. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1990.

The European experience of declining fertility, 1850-1970: the quiet revolution, edited by John R. Gillis, Louise A. Tilly, and David Levine. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992.

Politics and class in Milan, 1881-1901, by Louise A. Tilly. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

European integration in social and historical perspective: 1850 to the present, edited by Jytte Klausen and Louise A. Tilly. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997.