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 & Sexualities Studies (WGSS) program and is the History Department's liaison to the Honors Program. She is also the advisor for the Registered Student Organization, Women's History Club. Ciani is involved with efforts by museum professionals to diversify exhibition spaces, such as through the National Women's History Museum, and with bringing the histories of women and girls into K-12 curricula.
135.005History Of The United States To 1865
135.006History Of The United States To 1865
262.001History of Women in the United States Since 1865
490.003Readings -- Field Of Study
417.001Seminar: Topics In 20th Century United States History
135.003History Of The United States To 1865
135.004History Of The United States To 1865
261.001History of Women in the United States To 1865
299.001Independent Honor Study
300.001Senior Seminar In History
Histories of Women & Gender in the Americas; American Family; Women's Activism in the Americas.
In her book, Choosing to Care: One Hundred Years of Childcare and Social Reform in San Diego, 1850-1950 (available through the University of Nebraska Press and Amazon) Ciani assessed 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.
Ciani, Kyle E. Choosing to Care: One Hundred Years of Childcare and Social Reform in San Diego, 1850-1950. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.
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, “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.