Agnes Arnold-Forster

Agnes Arnold-Forster is a PhD Candidate at King’s College London, researching the history of breast cancer in nineteenth-century Britain & the US. She also works for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and for a small women’s health charity that advocates for sexual & reproductive rights in sub-Saharan Africa. She tweets from @agnesjuliet

Clitoridectomies: Female Genital Mutilation c.1860-2014 (18 November 2014)

“What a Woman Is”: Breast Cancer, Sexuality and the Unreconstructed Self (5 August 2014)

The Queer Caribbean: Conflicting Uses of the Colonial Past (29 May 2014)

 Archives of Desire

Archives of Desire features select primary sources and highlights how historians interpret them. We encourage our readers to share their fascinating archival finds and to engage in critical conversations about the complexity and diversity of sex and sexuality in the past. You can find our guidelines for Archives of Desire here. Interested in submitting a piece for this series? Send an email to

Christopher Elias, A Lavender Reading of J. Edgar Hoover (30 July 2015)

Nicolette Gable, James Huneker “Nosophilia: A Nordau Heroine” (11 August 2015)

Neil Young, Happiness of Womanhood Newsletter, 1977 (12 May 2015)

Beth Bailey

Beth Bailey is a Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas; from 2004 to 2015 she was Professor of History at Temple University. Her research falls into what are usually two fairly distinct fields: the history of gender and sexuality in the United States and the history of the US military and society. Gender and sexuality publications include From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth Century America; The First Strange Place: Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii (with David Farber); Sex in the Heartland; and (tying the fields together), “The Politics of Dancing: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Moral Claims” (Journal of Policy History, Winter 2013). Her most recent book is America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force. She is currently working on a book about the US Army’s attempts to manage “the problem of race” in the Vietnam era and the decade that followed.

The Conservative Roots of the Reproductive Rights Revolution (7 July 2015)

Heike Bauer

Heike Bauer is a Senior Lecturer in English and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published widely on the history of sexuality, nineteenth and twentieth century literary culture, and on translation. She recently co-edited with Churnjeet Mahn a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on “Transnational Lesbian Cultures”, and is currently completing the AHRC-funded study A Violent World of Difference: Magnus Hirschfeld and the Shaping of Queer Modernity. Heike tweets from @Heike_Bauer.

Found in Translation: How Sexual Debates Developed Across the Modern World (3 December 2015)

Gender Matters at The Institute of Sexology (7 April 2015)

A Sexologist and his two Archives: Erwin J. Haeberle, with Jana Funke (19 March 2015)

Chiara Beccalossi

Chiara Beccalossi is a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests range across the history of sexuality, the history of medicine and the history of human sciences in Europe, in particular Italy. Chiara’s first book was Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c. 1870–1920 (2012), which explored how medical men in Italy and Britain pathologised same-sex desires. She has also co-edited Italian Sexualities Uncovered, 1789-1914 (2015) with Valeria P. Babini and Lucy RiallA Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire (2011) with Ivan Crozier, and has published numerous articles in the field of history of sexuality and medicine. She tweets from @ChiaraBcc

‘Pray the gay away’: The Catholic Church, Sexology and Sexuality in Italy (16 June 2015)

Justin Bengry

Justin Bengry is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. His research focuses on the intersection of homosexuality and consumer capitalism in twentieth-century Britain, and is currently revising a book manuscript titled The Pink Pound: Queer Profits in Twentieth-Century Britain. Justin tweets from @justinbengry

Why I Oppose a General Pardon for Historical Convictions for Homosexual Offences (4 August 2015)

The Case of the Sultry Mountie, or, We Need to Talk about Cecil (26 May 2015)

Queer Domesticities: Matt Cook on Home Life, Family and Community in London (26 February 2015)

Before Grindr, or, The Dangers of the “Gay Bachelor” (7 October 2014)

“Coming Out” in the Classroom: When the Personal is Pedagogical (10 June 2014)

Male Order: Tom of Finland and the Queer Iconography of Postage Stamps (14 April 2014)

The Erotics of Shaving in Victorian Britain (10 April 2014)

Incoherent or Invigorated? The History of Sexuality (10 January 2014)

Rob Boddice

Rob Boddice is an historian of science, medicine and the emotions, based in Berlin. Educated in York, he has published books on the history of human-animal relationsanthropocentrism, and pain. His biography of Edward Jenner will be published next year, by theHistory Press. He is currently working on two books: The Science of Sympathy and Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press). Rob tweets from @virbeatum

Bestiality in a time of Smallpox (20 January 2015)

Bob Cant

Bob CantBob Cant became involved in the London Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in 1971. Since that time has been a teacher, a trade unionist, a community development worker, a Haringey activist and also an editor of several collections of LGBT oral histories. He lives in Brighton and his first novel, Something Chronic, was published in October 2013. Bob tweets from @bobchronic

Challenging Heterosexism: The Haringey Experiment, 1986-1987 (9 December 2014)

Thatcher and Homosexuality: Waiting for Section 28 (17 June 2014)

“The buggers are legal now, what more are they after?”  (24 February 2014)

Glad To Be Gay in Scarborough (1980) (12 February 2014)

Out in the Unions (6 January 2014)

Benjamin L. Carp

benjamin-carpBenjamin L. Carp is the Daniel M. Lyons Chair of American History and associate professor of early American history at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the author ofDefiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (2010).

Tempests and Teapots: Sexual Politics and Tea-Drinking in the Early Modern World (22 September 2015)

Samantha Caslin

wp_20150610_11_30_51_pro-e1441727733312Samantha Caslin works at the University of Liverpool where she lectures on Modern British History. Her research to date has focused upon the social and moral control of women in urban space, using Liverpool as a case study. She is currently working on her first book and recently published her article ‘“One Can Only Guess What Might Have Happened if the Worker Had Not Intervened in Time”: the Liverpool Vigilance Association, moral vulnerability and Irish girls in early- to mid-twentieth-century Liverpool’. Sam tweets from @drcaslin.

Digital Witnesses: The Parker-Hulme Murder Case and the Teaching of Crime and Sexual Deviance (10 September 2015)

Elise Chenier

img_7024-e1439838721629Elise Chenier is a Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Her research focuses on oral history, and the history of sexuality in the twentieth century. Her award-winning book Strangers in Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario was published in 2008 by the University of Toronto Press, and examines the concept of sexual deviation as it played out at the intersection of the law, medicine, the prison, and postwar society. She has also published work on butch and fem culture in Toronto, which inspired the founding of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony. She is currently completing a book tentatively titled Outlaws to Inlaws: Same-Sex Marriage in the United States from 1950 to 1987 which offers a critical examination of the interpretive challenges historians face when handling evidence of same-sex marriage practices before the marriage equality movement. Elise tweets from @elisechenier. An Online Interactive Archives and Teaching Tool (18 August 2015)

Rachel Hope Cleves

author photoRachel Hope Cleves is professor of history at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She specializes in early American history and has written about the history of same-sex marriage and about American reactions to the French Revolution. Her most recent book isCharity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014). You can follow her on twitter @RachelCleves.

Food and Sex Through the Ages (22 September 2015)

Gustavo Corral

CorralGustavo Corral (Ph.D. History of Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2015) studies the history of science museums and their relations with the public understanding of science and technology in Europe between 1970 and 1985. His doctoral thesis, El Nuevo Esquema Expositivo del Museo de Historia Natural de Londres, 1968-1981. Una Perspectiva Histórica,  focused on the new exhibitional regime at the Natural History Museum in London in the mid-1970s. He is also interested in exploring the complex and changing relationships between state, economy, society and industry, and their effect on the transition in museum discourse.

A Chile is Never Just a Chile: Food and Sex in Mexico Before and After Colonization (24 September 2015)

Niamh Cullen

Niamh Cullen is an Irish Research Council CARA Marie Curie fellow at University College Dublin. She is currently researching histories of courtship and love in post-war Italy and is also broadly interested in gender, emotions and the body in contemporary European and Mediterranean history. Niamh tweets from @niamhanncullen

Franca Viola says ‘No’: Gender violence, consent, and the law in 1960s Italy (31 March 2015)

What’s Amore? Courtship and marriage in post-war Italy (14 February 2014)

Sean Curran

Sean Curran is a PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education, where they research the invisibility of queer identities in historic houses, specifically National Trust houses. Sean is a National Trust volunteer, and a curator. They are on the steering committee for the annual London Metropolitan Archive LGBTQ History and Archives conference, and the HLF project Twilight People: stories of faith and gender beyond the binary. Sean blogs at towardsqueer and tweets @MeltingSwans.

Curating LGBTQ Histories: Queer Season at Sutton House (24 February 2015)

Donna J. Drucker

Headshot of Donna DruckerDonna J. Drucker is a guest professor in the Department of  Civil and Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She is the author of The  Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of  Knowledge (Pittsburgh, 2014) and The Machines of Sex  Research: Technology and the Politics of Identity, 1945–1985 (Springer, 2014). Her new research project focuses on the history of non-hormonal contraceptives.

Astrological Birth Control: Fertility Awareness and the Politics of Non-Hormonal Contraception (11 June 2015)

Masters of Sex: Race, Racism and Responses to Masters and Johnson (16 December 2014)

Notches Dispatches

Notches Dispatches are submissions from our readers that offer critical accounts of conferences, symposia, and workshops in the history of sexuality. They offer insights into the most current activities and events in the field. Interested in writing a dispatch? Send an email to

Rebecca L. Davis, Religious and Reproductive Politics in the United States since WWII (23 June 2015)

Victoria M. Wolcott, Disciplining Black Bodies: Racial Stereotypes of Cleanliness and Sexuality (8 June 2015)

Raúl Necochea and Cassia Roth, Health, Reproduction, and Sex: Growing a Field for Latin Americanists (14 May 2015)

Dan Royles, Oral Histories and Alternative Archives: Disrupting the Boundaries of Queer Identities, Cultures, and Politics (30 April 2015)

Philippa Koch, Reading Silences in Histories of Religion and Sexuality (26 March 2015)

Chris Waters, Globalizing the History of Sexology (12 March 2015)

Andrea Rottman, Scale – Spectacle – Spectatorship: Space as a Category of Queer Analysis (5 March 2015)

Chris Parkes, Teaching Queer History (7 February 2015)

Rachel Hope Cleves, Beyond the Binary: Trans* History in Early America (29 January 2015)

Claire Hayward, Lines of Dissent at London Metropolitan Archives: Finding and Creating LGBTQ Histories  (18 December 2014)

Stephen Vider, Deviant Domesticities: Reflections on the Queerness of Home (6 November 2014)

Whitney Strub, Queer Sex in the Archives: “Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability” (23 October 2014)

Ian Darnell, Sexual Histories, Scholarly Communities: A Dispatch from the John D’Emilio Symposium (16 October 2014)

Megan Martenyi, The G-Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco (9 October 2014)

Sarah Emily Duff

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Sarah Emily Duff is a Researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research is on histories of childhood, sexuality, and medicine in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa. Funded by a Research Career Advancement Fellowship from the National Research Foundation, her current project investigates histories of sex education in twentieth-century South Africa. Sarah’s monograph, Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony: Dutch Reformed Church Evangelicalism and Colonial Childhood, 1860-1895, was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan in the new Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood series. She tweets @sarahemilyduff.

Race, Class, and Sex Education in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa (3 September 2015)

Katelyn Dykstra Dykerman

Katelyn Dykstra DykermanKatelyn Dykstra Dykerman is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba. Her research areas include intersex, bioethics, surgical ethics, and queer identity studies, within the vast scope of Modernist literature. In her other life she is a mother and want-to-be gardener. She tweets from @katelynjane

Eugenics and Intersex: The consequences of defining “normal” bodies (3 March 2015)

The Censorship of Female Pleasure: Cleland, Charlie Countryman, Cunnilingus (20 March 2014)

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans is a lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research focuses on sexual health and fertility in early modern England. Her first book Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in early modern England was published by Boydell and Brewer in the Royal Historical Society New Studies in History Series in September 2014. Jennifer’s current research project explores ideas of men’s sexual health and masculinity in the seventeenth century. She is founding editor of the blog Early Modern Medicine and tweets from @historianjen.

The Origins of Sex: An Interview With Faramerz Dabhoiwala, with Katherine Harvey (18 June 2015)

Sexual Curiosities? Aphrodisiacs in early modern England (18 September 2014)

Thomas Foster

Thomas A. Foster is a professor of history at DePaul University. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently editor of Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America (Chicago), author of Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past (Temple) and editor of Women in Early America (NYU). He tweets at @ThomasAFoster.

Sex and the American Quest for a Relatable Past (14 March 2015)

Gillian Frank

Gillian Frank is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Gillian’s research focuses on the intersections of sexuality, race, childhood and religion in the twentieth-century United States. He is currently revising a book manuscript titled Save Our Children: Sexual Politics and Cultural Conservatism in the United States, 1965-1990. Gillian tweets from @1gillianfrank1

Stalling Civil Rights: Conservative Sexual Thought has been in the Toilet Since the 1940s (9 November 2015)

Lynne Gerber and Gillian Frank, AIDS, Sexuality and American Religion: An Interview With Anthony Petro (27 October 2015)

Doing It With Food: Cooking and the History of Sexuality (14 April 2015)

Straight After Death: Misremembering the Queer Life and Times of Rod McKuen (19 February 2015)

Radical Relations: An Interview with Daniel W. Rivers (27 January 2014)

Gillian Frank with Rebecca DavisBethany Moreton and Heather WhiteBelieve It: Finding Religion in the History of U.S. Sexuality (24 November 2014)

Notches Back to School Special: Introducing Students to the History of Sexuality (11 September 2014)

The Yellow Star and the Pink Triangle: Judaism and Gay Rights in the 1970s (19 August 2014)

Rethinking Bussing in the 1970s: The Sexual Politics of School Integration in the United States (1 July 2014)

Stranger Danger and the Sexual Revolution (12 June 2014)

Miriam Frank

Miriam Frank received her Ph.D in German Literature from New York University in 1977, where she currently is Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities.  She has taught Labor History in union education programs in New York City and in Detroit, where she was a founder of Women’s Studies at Wayne County Community College. Her book, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America (Temple University Press, 2014), chronicles the queer lives of American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013.

Organized Labor, Gay Liberation and the Battle Against the Religious Right, 1977-1994 (17 March 2015)

 Lara Freidenfelds

Lara Freidenfelds is the author of The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America,which was awarded the Emily Toth Prize for Best Book in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. She blogs with the historian’s perspective on sex, reproduction, and women’s health in America at and tweets from @larafreidenfeld.

The Modern Period: Menstruation and the History of Sexuality (5 May 2015)

Jana Funke

Jana Funke is an Advanced Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at the Department of English and the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter. She researches and has published on late nineteenth- and early twentieth- century literature and culture, the history of sexuality, sexual science and the medicalisation of sex. She tweets from @drjanafunke.

A Sexologist and his two Archives: Erwin J. Haeberle, with Heike Bauer (19 March 2015)

Born this Way? Sexual Science and the Invention of a Political Strategy (15 July 2014)

Robert J. Gamble

gamble-headshotRobert J. Gamble is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He completed his PhD in History at Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and is revising his first book, Civic Economy: Governing the Urban Emporium in the Early American Republic, which emphasizes the role of regulation in the development of capitalism and urbanism in the U.S. He contributed a chapter on secondhand goods toCapitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America, and he has a forthcoming essay on peddlers and itinerancy in the revolutionary mid-Atlantic. He is also at work on a history of lotteries, race, and statecraft in the long nineteenth century.

“A promiscuous class of females, all huddled together in a mass”: Sex and Food in the Nineteenth-Century American Metropolis (1 October 2015)

Lynne Gerber

Gerber -- photoLynne Gerber studies American religious life in conversation with critical social theory. Her work focuses on the body, sexuality and the construction of health in contemporary Christianity. She is the author of Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), a study of the moral construction of fatness and homosexuality in Christian weight loss programs, ex-gay ministries, and American culture. Her current research focuses on a queer religious community – the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco – and its response to HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. Lynne is currently a Research Associate with the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Lynne Gerber and Gillian Frank, AIDS, Sexuality and American Religion: An Interview With Anthony Petro (27 October 2015)

Jeremy Goldberg

Jeremy Goldberg is a social and cultural historian of the English later Middle Ages. He has published widely about gender, family, childhood. His most recent book is Communal Discord, Child Abduction and Rape in the Later Middle Ages (2008). He is currently writing about the relationship between people and buildings as lived spaces. He teaches in the Department of History and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.

John Rykener Revisited: Transvestite Male Prostitute or Biting Political Satire? (16 July 2015)

Janet Golden

goldenJanet Golden is a Professor of History at Rutgers University where she specializes in the history of medicine, history of childhood, women’s history, and American social history. She is the author or editor of nine books, and the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent books are Message in a Bottle: The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the co-edited Healing the World’s Children: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Health in the 20th Century. She co-edits the Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Series at Rutgers University Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s public health blog “The Public’s Health.”

Dr. Spock and the History of Sexuality (5 November 2015)

Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon is University Professor of Humanities and History at New York University. For the first part of her career, she wrote about the historical roots of social policy debates in the US, publishing three prize-winning books in a row: The Moral Property of Women: The History of Birth Control Politics in America; Heroes of Their Own Lives, about family violence; and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare.  The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, about a vigilante action against Mexican-Americans, won the Bancroft prize for best book in US history. Her biography of photographer Dorothea Lange also won that prize, making her one of three authors ever to win it twice. Her most recent book is the co-authored Feminism Unfinished.

Too Little, Too Late: The Path To Griswold v. Connecticut (25 June 2015)

Lauren Gutterman

Lauren GuttermanLauren Gutterman is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD in History from New York University and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. She is currently revising a book manuscript Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire within Marriage, which examines the personal experiences and public representation of wives who desired women in the United States since 1945.

“The Gay Revolution”: An Interview with Lillian Faderman (13 October 2015)

Alana Harris

ah-photoAlana Harris is a historian of gender, religion and migration and teaches at King’s College London. She is currently working on a new book that examines English Catholics’ shifting discourses and experiences of love, marriage, sexual knowledge and contraceptive practices, especially the pivotal debates about the Humanae Vitae encyclical (1968). She tweets @DrAlanaGHarris

Wth Timothy Willem Jones, Revisiting Love’s ‘Golden Age’ (15 September 2015)

Katherine Harvey

Katherine Harvey is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck  where she researches the pre-Reformation English episcopate. Her first book, Episcopal Appointments in England c.1214-1344, was published by Ashgate in 2014. Katherine’s current project combines ecclesiastical history with the history of gender, sexuality and medicine. She tweets from @keharvey2013

Bad for the Soul, Good for the Body: Religion, Medicine and Masturbation in the Middle Ages (19 November 2015)

The Origins of Sex: An Interview With Faramerz Dabhoiwala, with Jennifer Evans (18 June 2015)

The Perfect Corpse: Death, Virginity and the Bishop in Medieval Europe (2 June 2015)

The King’s Favourite: Sex, Money and Power in Medieval England (15 January 2015)

Carnivalesque #107 (6 December 2014)

Death by Celibacy: Sex, Semen and Male Health in the Middle Ages (21 October 2014)

The Bishop’s New Stockings, or The Dangers of Love Magic (12 August 2014)

What was the Ultimate Medieval Aphrodisiac? (5 June 2014)

Sex and the King: Rumours, Reputation and the Problem of Royal Adultery in Medieval England (3 April 2014)

The Problematic Priestly Body: Celibacy, Sexuality and the Trials of the Medieval Clergy (18 March 2014)

Three Wise Men in a Bed: Bedsharing and Sexuality in Medieval Europe (6 Jan 2014)

Claire Hayward

Claire Hayward is a PhD candidate at Kingston University, where she researches representations of same-sex sexuality in public history. Her other research interests are in the history and politics of sexual identity, and sexuality and gender in the eighteenth century. Claire blogs at “Exploring Same-sex Sexualities in Public History” and tweets from @HaywardCL

Lines of Dissent at London Metropolitan Archives: Finding and Creating LGBTQ Histories  (18 December 2014)

LGBT History Month: Are We Celebrating or Relegating LGBT History? (3 Feb 2014)

Kit Heyam

Kit Heyam is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, working on a thesis entitled “Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700″. Their research interests centre on the textual expression and negotiation of anxiety surrounding sexual transgression in medieval and early modern texts, particularly (though not exclusively) love and sex between men. They are also an assistant coordinator of York LGBT History Month, and will be coordinating York’s first LGBT history school outreach programme later in the year. They blog sporadically atUnbeseeming Words, and tweet from @krheyam.

Rainbow Plaques: Mapping York’s LGBT History (23 July 2015)

Beyond penetration: rethinking the murder of Edward II (24 March 2015)

Katie Hindmarch-Watson

Katie Hindmarch-Watson is an Assistant Professor of Modern British History at Colorado State University. She is interested in the entangled histories of work, gender, sexuality, political culture, and urban life. She is currently working on a book titled Dispatches from the Underground: telecommunications workers and the making of an Information Capital, 1870-1916.

Uncovering Cleveland Street: Sexuality, Surveillance and late-Victorian Scandal (2 December 2014)

Brian Hoffman

272-e1439558348414Brian Hoffman received a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is the author of Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism (NYU Press, 2015). Brian has taught the history of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and American Studies at Wesleyan University. He currently teaches AP United States History in New Haven, CT. Brian tweets from @bshoffma.

Out in the Open: Rural Life, Respectability, and the Nudist Park (17 September 2015)

Christopher Hommerding

HommerdingChristopher Hommerding is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include LGBT and Queer history, with a focus on Midwestern rural and small-town spacesHis dissertation, titled “The ‘Faeries’ of Mineral Point,” explores the lives of two queer men in twentieth-century small-town Wisconsin.  

“This is Your Pasty”: The Performance of Queer Domesticity in Small-Town Wisconsin (8 October 2015)

Timothy Willem Jones

img_0009Timothy Willem Jones is a cultural historian of sexuality and religion. He is lecturer in history at the University of South Wales and ARC DECRA research fellow at La Trobe University. His recent work includes Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957(Oxford, 2013), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) edited with Alana Harris and Material Religion in Modern Britain: The Spirit of Things (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) edited with Lucinda Matthews-Jones.

Wth Alana Harris, Revisiting Love’s ‘Golden Age’ (15 September 2015)

Julia Laite

Julia Laite is a Lecturer in modern British & gender history at Birkbeck. She is interested in the history of women, gender, sexuality, crime, migration and prostitution. Julia’s first book is Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960 (Palgrave, 2011). Her current work explores global  histories of trafficking and women’s migration.

Drunk Canadians in London, November 1916 (11 November 2014)

Historians are Gossips who Tease the Dead (30 September 2014)

Jack the Ripper: Case Never Closed (9 September 2014)

(Sexual) Labour Day (30 April 2014)

Beards, Real Men, and Poseurs: male sexuality and fashion since around 1900 (8 April 2014)

Valentine’s as Prostitution, Marriage as a Trade:  Commerce, Sex, History (and a recipe) (14 February 2014)

Sinead and Miley: A History Lesson (21 January 2014)

Between the cracks: on being a historian of sex (13 January 2014)

Are Historians of Sexuality Sexier than Other Historians? (6 January 2014)

Scott Larson

aceUAz-k751tFBamCckxuYXDRtyWZ7__-bfNCHeWr04Scott Larson is a PhD candidate in American Studies at George Washington University, where his research focuses on gender and sexuality in eighteenth-century American culture. His dissertation, “Enthusiastic Sensations: Religious Revivals, Secular Bodies, and the Making of Modern Sexualities in Early American Culture” is scheduled for completion in Fall 2015, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Early American Studies (Fall 2014). Prior to his PhD, Scott also received a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University Divinity School. He currently teaches Early American Cultural History at George Washington University. He can be reached by email at

From Cod to Codpieces: Benjamin Franklin’s Guide to Food and Sex (22 October 2015)

Amanda Littauer

littauerphoto2014-e1439991955464Amanda Littauer is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on 20th-century sexual culture, the history of women and girls in the modern U.S., and LGBT history. Publications include Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties (UNC Press, 2015), “Scouts, Tomboys, and the History of Girls and Girlhood,” “‘Someone to Love’: Teen Girls’ Same-Sex Desire in the 1950s United States,” and “The B-Girl Evil: Bureaucracy, Sexuality, and the Menace of Barroom Vice in Postwar California.” Amanda is the current co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History. She tweets from @amandalittauer.

“What can I do to be normal?” Queer Female Desire in Letters to Dr. Alfred Kinsey (20 August 2015)

Kathryn Maude

Kathryn Maude is a PhD student in the English Department at King’s College London, working on texts addressed to women between 960 and 1160. She starts work at Swansea University in September. She tweets from @krmaude.

Her Virginal Members: Chastity and Sexual Desire in the Middle Ages (1 September 2015)

Elena McGrath

EMTHISTLE_-_img_0137Elena McGrath is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She works on gender, race, and revolution in 20th century Bolivia, exploring the tensions between order and disorder and between belonging and exclusion that drive utopian projects for social change in the Andes. She is finishing her dissertation, “Drinking and Dynamite: Revolution and Social Struggle in a Bolivian Mining Town, 1900-1992” and imagining a new project that traces histories of violence and scarcity at the margins of the state.

Seduction and Power in Revolutionary Bolivia (15 October 2015)

Jeffrey Meek

septtwitphoto-e1440938169905Jeffrey Meek is a research fellow at the University of Glasgow on the AHRC-funded ‘A history of working-class marriage in Scotland’. He maintains an active interest in the history of same-sex desire and manages the Queer Scotland website. His current research interests include same-sex unions in historical context, the emergence of queer subcultures in late 19th and early 20th-century Scotland, the interactions between religion and sexuality, and the medico-social history of HIV and AIDS in Scotland. Jeff’s book, Queer Voices in Post-War Scotland: Male Homosexuality, Religion and Society was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015, and he has published on the input of religious organisations to the homosexual law reform movement in Scotland. He tweets from @DrJeffMeek.

Homophile Priests, LGBT Rights, and Scottish Churches, 1967-1986 (12 November 2015)

‘Dinnae Meddle!’*: Scotland and the Historiography of Homosexual Law Reform (19 February 2014)

David Minto

David Minto is the Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in LGBT Studies at the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in Princeton University’s History Department. He completed his Ph.D. in History at Yale University in 2014, winning the Edwin W. Small Prize for outstanding work in US History. He is currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication under the title of An Intimate Atlantic: The Special Relationships of Transnational Homophile Activism.

Sexuality, Family Planning, and the British Left: An Interview with Stephen Brooke (30 June 2015)

Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. Her first book, Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts, was published by D.S. Brewer in 2013. Her current project is on homosociality in medieval England. She blogs at Meny Snoweballes and tweets from@menysnoweballes

Seeing Sodomy: An Interview with Robert Mills (2 July 2015)

Sex and the Single Man in Late Medieval England (3 February 2015)

Bianca Murillo

IMG_0878-Bianca Murillo is an Assistant Professor of History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Her research and teaching interests include modern African history, global capitalism, and critical race and gender studies. Her research has been published in Africa, Enterprise & Society, and Gender & History. Her book Conditional Sales: Global Commerce and the Making of an African Consumer Society is forthcoming with Ohio University Press as part of its New African Histories series.

Teaching with Tumblr: Building a Digital Archive of Gender, Race & Empire (29 September 2015)

Amy Tooth Murphy

Amy Tooth Murphy is an oral historian specialising in lesbian and queer oral histories and post-war lesbian history, with an emphasis on domesticity. Amy completed her PhD, ‘Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain’, at the University of Glasgow in 2012. She has recently joined the English and Creative Writing department at the University of Roehampton as Research Associate on the Memories of Fiction project. Amy is a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and a member of the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland.

Coming Oot! A Fabulous Gay History of Scotland (8 December 2015)

Queer Round the Edges: Mary Stewart’s post-war middlebrow fiction
Part 1: The Case of the Disposable Butch (6 May 2014)
Part 2: The Case of the Vanishing Queen (8 May 2014)

Laika Nevalainen

LaikaLaika Nevalainen is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Her research examines the relationship between Finnish bachelors and home from c. 1880s to the 1930s. In her master’s thesis (2012) she looked at both the aims and the practices of central kitchen buildings that were built in Finland in the 1910s and 1920s. Besides, for example, gender, she sees food as an important part of understanding the meanings and practices of home. She tweets from @PursuitofHome.

The Hunger of the Finnish Bachelor: Married Men, Desire and Domesticity in 20th Century Finland (6 October 2015)

Notches Special Issues

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Hirsute Histories: A Notches Special Issue (1 December 2015)


Tom O’Donnell

Tom O’Donnell is a PhD candidate at University College London. He works on childbirth and child-rearing in medieval Europe, concentrating especially on twelfth- and thirteenth-century Ireland. He tweets as @tomod14

“The Gay Bulge” or Can We Study Medieval Sexuality Through Puns? (21 April 2015)

Cunnilingus in the Middle Ages and the Problem of Understanding Past Sex Lives (29 July 2014)

Pat Omoregie

omoregie-e1440455075966Pat Omoregie teaches history at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Ibadan where she is completing her thesis on the history of Benin women and international prostitution.

“When Sex Threatened the State”: An Interview with Saheed Aderinto (25 August 2015)

Nicole Pacino

Nicole Pacino is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Nicole’s research focuses on the political uses of public health in the aftermath of Bolivia’s 1952 National Revolution. She has articles published in The Latin Americanist and the Journal of Women’s History, and is working on a book manuscript entitled Prescription for a Nation: Public Health in Post-Revolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1964.

A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru (7 May 2015)

Natalia Petrzela

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is Assistant Professor of History at The New School in New York City. She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Creation of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015) and her writing has appeared in various scholarly journals and popular media such as The New York Times and Slate. Her new research focuses on the emergence of wellness culture in the postwar United States. She tweets from @nataliapetrzela.

Classroom Wars and Sexual Politics: An Interview with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela (Interview by Robert Self, 28 April 2015)

Redefining Rape: Estelle Freedman on the History of Sexual Violence (10 March 2015)

“In My Bed”: Sexual Violence Over Fifty Years on One College Campus (17 February 2015)

Heather Munro Prescott

Heather Munro Prescott is a Professor of History at the Central Connecticut State University. She is the author of A Doctor of Their Own: The History of Adolescent Medicine (Harvard, 1998), Student Bodies: The Impact of Student Health on American Society and Medicine (University of Michigan Press, 2007) and The Morning After; A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2011). Prescott blogs at and tweets from @hmprescott.

The Sacred Precincts of Marital Bedrooms: Religion and the Making of Griswold (9 July 2015)

Notches Reviews

Notches Reviews is a collaborative co-publication with H-Histsex Reviews in which expert contributors review recent work in the history of sexuality across theme, period, and region.  Interested in writing a review? Send an email to

Tiffany Sippial, Review of Noelle Stout, After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba (11 December 2014)

Gert Hekma, Review of William Edmiston, Sade: queer theorist (27 November 2014)

Donna Knaff, Review of Craig M. Loftin, Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s (2 November 2014)

Bryan Pitts, Review of Javier Corrales, Mario Pecheny, eds, The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights (2 October 2014)

Dan Royles

Dan Royles is a visiting assistant professor of history at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His research focuses on the politics of the body and social movements in recent American history. He is currently working on a book manuscript, oral history project, and digital archive dealing with the political culture of African American AIDS activism. Follow him on Twitter @danroyles.

Oral Histories and Alternative Archives: Disrupting the Boundaries of Queer Identities, Cultures, and Politics (30 April 2015)

The Other Half Has Never Been Told: AIDS and African-American History (5 February 2015)

Sexual Pleasure, AIDS, and Gay Politics (26 August 2014)

Erica Ryan

Erica Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Rider University in New Jersey. She is the author of Red War on the Family: Sex, Gender, and Americanism in the First Red Scare (Temple, 2014). She is in the beginning stages of two new projects: one examines fatherhood in 1990s American political culture, and the other links contemporary American “culture wars” to the political, social, and cultural divides of the 1920s.

Christina Simmons, Red War on the Family: An Interview with Erica Ryan (21 July 2015)

Heterosexuality and Americanization: “Social Education” for Immigrant Youth in the 1920s (22 January 2015)

Kelly A. Ryan

Square RyanKelly A. Ryan is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the History Department at Indiana University Southeast. Her book Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts, 1700-1830 was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. The hardcover book, 288 pp., is available from Oxford University Press, Amazon, and other booksellers.

Women’s Experiences in Fornication and Paternity Suits in Massachusetts, 1740-1800 (8 September 2015)

Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders is completing a PhD at King’s College London that considers the relationship between contemporary pornography and labour theory. She is also interested in the relationship between digital culture and pornography and has published work on digital paratextual theory, as well as on the relationship between medicine and current pornography trends.

The Sex Institute on Euston Road (9 April 2015)

Robert Self

Robert Self is Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of History at Brown University. His most recent book is All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since the 1960s. He is currently at work on a book about houses, cars, and children in the twentieth century.

Classroom Wars and Sexual Politics: An Interview with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela (28 April 2015)

Christina Simmons

Christina Simmons retired in January 2015 as Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. Her 2009 book, Making Marriage Modern: Women’s Sexuality from the Progressive Era to World War II (New York: Oxford University Press), addresses the transformation of the ideology of marriage and women’s sexuality for white and African-American women in the first half of the twentieth century. Her current research focuses on African Americans, sexuality, and marriage education in the 1940s and 1950s.

Red War on the Family: An Interview with Erica Ryan (21 July 2015)

Marc Stein

Marc Stein, the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University, is the author of Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (2012), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (2010), and City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (2000).

Sexual Politics in the Era of Reagan and Thatcher: Marc Stein in Conversation with Jeffrey Weeks (10 February 2015)

Heterosexuality in America: Fifty Years and Counting (22 July 2014)

Shannon Stettner

Shannon Stettner teaches in the Women’s Studies department at the University of Waterloo. She recently co-edited a special issue on reproductive health history in Canada for the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. She is one of the founding co-ordinators of the Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution conference, held last year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Her research focuses on reproductive health, especially the history of abortion in Canada, women’s health activism, oral history, and the media and women’s rights. Shannon tweets from @slstettner.

“The State Does Not Belong in the Uterus of the Nation” (19 May 2015)

Łukasz Szulc

LSzHistories of Sexualities in Central and Eastern Europe (24 November 2015)

Conchita’s Europe: Eurovision, homonationalism and the politics of sexuality (19 May 2014)

What will .GAY stand for? (25 March 2014)

Making the Polish Stonewall (21 February 2014)

Yuki Takauchi

Yuki TakauchiYuki Takauchi is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her research is on histories of gender, sexuality, and the U.S. Empire in the twentieth century. Her research has appeared in Gender and Sexuality: Journal of the Center for Gender Studies, ICU and also in Pacific and American Studies.

Rape and the Sexual Politics of Homosociality: The U.S. Military Occupation of Okinawa, 1955-56 (17 November 2015)

 T.J. Tallie

IMG_20130328_173126T.J. Tallie is an Assistant Professor of African History at Washington and Lee University.  His work focuses on race, masculinity and sexuality in nineteenth-century colonial South Africa and other settler societies.  He also tweets from @Halfrican_One

Blood Ties: Queer Blood, Donations, and Citizenship (23 September 2014)

Hirsute Phoenix: Conchita Wurst, Beards, and the Politics of Sexuality (19 May 2014)

The Archbishop’s Argument: Anglicanism, Homosexuality, and Colonial Complexities (22 April 2014)

Disputing ‘Gay Jim Crow’: Rhetorical Appropriation in LGBT Politics (6 March 2014)

Katherine Turk

Katherine Turk is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Turk has written numerous articles on postwar feminist politics and the challenges of defining and creating sex equality in the workplace, in the law, and in American culture. Her forthcoming book, Equality on Trial: Sex and Class at Work in the Age of Title VII, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2016.

Out in the Union: An Interview with Miriam Frank (14 July 2015)

Charles Upchurch

Charles Upchurch is an Associate Professor of British history at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in modern British history from Rutgers University in 2003, and his research focuses on nineteenth-century British gender and social history. His book, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform was published in 2009 by the University of California Press, and explores the ways in which family and class influenced the interpretation of same-sex desire in the period between 1820 and 1870. His work has been published in Gender and History, theJournal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of Social History. His current book project investigates a group of men in the British Parliament who were working to reduce the penalties for homosexual acts in the early nineteenth century. Charles tweets from @cupchurch2.

Reading the History of Sexuality Collectively in the Digital Age (13 August 2015)

Queers, Homosexuals, and Activists in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain? (28 July 2015)

Sarah Watkins

Sarah E. Watkins is a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also serves as a Lecturer in the Departments of History and Feminist Studies. She is interested in the intersections of eroticism, intimate labor, gender, and political power in Africa. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled, Mistress of the Drum: Intimate Politics and State Formation in Rwanda. Sarah tweets from @SarahEWatkins.

Umutoni: Why Histories of African Homosexualities Matter (13 January 2015)

Jeffrey Weeks

Jeffrey Weeks is a Research Professor in the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University. Following teaching and research posts at the London School of Economics, Universities of Essex, Kent, Southampton and the West of England, he was appointed as Professor of Sociology at LSBU in 1994. Having written extensively about gay and lesbian history over the last four decades, his most recent books are  The Languages of Sexuality (2011) and a fully revised 3rd edition of Sex, Politics and Society (2012). He is currently working on a book entitled What Is Sexual History? to be published by Polity Press in 2015/16.

Jeffrey Weeks reflects on “Sexual Politics in the Era of Reagan and Thatcher” (12 February 2015)

Heather White

Heather R. White is a Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New College of Florida, where she teaches courses in religious studies and gender studies. She was also, most recently, a Coolidge Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary and a Burke Scholar in Residence at the theological library of Columbia University. Heather researches and writes about religion and sexuality in twentieth-century United States and is finishing revisions to a book titled Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, which will be published by University of North Carolina Press.

Mainline Protestants and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (14 October 2014)

Mir Yarfitz

Mir Yarfitz is an Assistant Professor of History at Wake Forest University. He is currently completing a book manuscript about immigrant Ashkenazi Jews in organized prostitution in Buenos Aires between the 1890s and 1930s as part of broader transnational flows of sex work migrants and related debates about race, morality, and marriage. His other main project addresses gender-bending in early twentieth century Argentina, analyzing transgenderism “before the word” as concepts of homosexuality and transsexuality unevenly travelled the world.

“The Age of Youth in Argentina”: an interview with Valeria Manzano (3 November 2015)