Irwin attended Mesa College in San Diego, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of
California at Berkeley (1980), and a Masters in History from San
Francisco State University (1995). She teaches history at San
Francisco Bay Area colleges, including Diablo Valley College,
Chabot College, Laney College, and
California State University, East Bay.
Irwin is also a professional copyeditor specializing in
non-fiction, including scholarly books and articles.
In 2011 Miss Irwin won the
Coalition of Independent Scholars' Eisenstein-DeLacy Award
War, and Community Service: The Battle for San Francisco's Jewish
Community Center," Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 32, Issue 1 (May 2011).
2003, she won one of six Fellowships presented by the
Jewish Women's Archives "Jewish
Women Building Community"
project (funding provided by the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation
of San Francisco). In 1999, Miss Irwin won the Coalition for
Western Women's History's Jensen-Miller Best Article Prize for
"'Going About and Doing Good': The Politics of Benevolence,
Welfare, and Gender in San Francisco, 1850-1880," Pacific
Historical Review, Vol. 68, Issue 3 (August 1999).
Miss Irwin is currently managing
several writing projects, including
a history of San Francisco's Emanu-El
Sisterhood for Personal Service.
works so far :
the Poor: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco,
Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco/forthcoming);
Richard B. Rice,
William A. Bullough, Richard J. Orsi, and Mary Ann Irwin, The
Elusive Eden: A New History of California
(4th ed.) (McGraw-Hill,
Robert W. Cherny,
Mary Ann Irwin, and Ann Marie Wilson, eds., Women and
Politics: California from the Gold Rush to the Great
of Nebraska Press,
"Sex, War, and
Community Service: The Battle for San Francisco's Jewish
Community Center," Frontiers: A Journal of Women
issue, "Gender and the City" Vol. 32, Issue 1
Air is Becoming Full of War:' Jewish San Francisco and World
War I," Pacific
Historical Review, Vol. 74, Issue 3 (August 2005);
James F. Brooks and
Mary Ann Irwin, eds.,
and Gender in the American West: Jensen-Miller Essays from the
Coalition for Western Women's History
(University of New Mexico Press, 2004);
and Doing Good' : The Politics of Benevolence, Welfare, and
Gender in San Francisco, 1850-1880," Pacific
Historical Review, Vol. 68, Issue 3 (August 1999) (Winner,
Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize,
Best Article 1999); and
as Metaphor: Anatomy of a Moral Panic,"
Post Facto (Spring
Ann lives in Oakland and volunteers with several local
St. Vincent de Paul
Homeless Shelter (MSC-South); Save
the Bay, the Bay Area's
oldest environmental action group; and Taproot
volunteer-matching group that connects professionals with
not-for-profits needing their skills. She has two children and one
cat; son Zachariah and daughter Cera are exemplary but the cat
is very bad. Teaching and writing are ancillary to Miss Irwin's
real mission in life, which is collecting vintage hats.