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 (WGS) program and is a mentor for ISU's Women's Mentoring Network, FLAME (Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower), Triota (WGS Honors Society), and History Majors in the Honors Program. Ciani is involved with efforts by museum professionals to diversify exhibition spaces, such as through the National Women's History Museum. Her book, Choosing to Care: One Hundred Years of Childcare and Social Reform in San Diego, 1850-1950 is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from the University of Nebraska Press.
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.
Paradoxes of the Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Failures and Successes https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/equal-rights-amendment-yesterday-today/