Lorraine Mangione Featured on Conversations with our Curator

Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen's Female Fans Book Jacket with Bruce Springsteen in car.

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music (BSACAM) recently hosted an online conversation featuring Lorraine Mangione, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in New England, and writer Donna Luff, for the March 2024 Women’s History Month edition of “Conversations with our Curator,” discussing their book Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Female Fans. The discussion was part of a monthly webinar series curated by Melissa Ziabro, and delves into fresh perspectives in American Music History. 

BSACAM houses an extensive collection of nearly 48,000 items from 47 countries, including articles, oral histories, concert memorabilia, and promotional materials. Serving the research needs of music enthusiasts, scholars, and authors interested in Bruce Springsteen‘s life and career, the Archives also honors Springsteen’s enduring impact on American music. Through exhibits, public programs, and educational initiatives, it serves as the primary repository for his written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts.

Lorraine Mangione standing in front of green shrubbery and trees.

Mangione and Luff, co-authors of Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Female Fans spotlight an often overlooked aspect of Springsteen’s fanbase: women. Drawing from original fan surveys, they provide firsthand insights into the experiences of female fans, revealing the depth of their connection to Springsteen and its profound influence on their lives. Their discussion with BASACAM explored how the women in Springsteen’s songs changed over time and how the songs speak to women listening.

Mangione, who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Duke University in 1976 and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 1984, has been a fixture at Antioch University for over 30 years. Her passion for teaching, research, and directing the practicum system underscores her enduring commitment to psychology education and practice.

Listen to the conversation here.