Kate Baldwin is a professor at Northwestern University where she teaches courses about women, gender, race, pop culture and literature. She regularly teaches seminars about the politics of women in the workplace, and she created a working group at Northwestern called "Motherhood and Its Discontents" to help mentor female undergraduates. She has written extensively about women and domesticity, Cold War politics, and race relations. She is the author of Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters between Black and Red, 1922-63 (Duke University Press) and The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South Side (UNE Press). Professor Baldwin is the mother of four children.