Justin Bengry, Managing Editor and Founder

Justin bio photoJustin Bengry is Research Fellow in the department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. He completed his PhD in 2010 in History and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is lead researcher on the Historic England initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage as well as the AHRC-funded project Sexualities and Localities, the first comparative study of UK queer lives and experiences outside London. Justin’s research has appeared in History Workshop Journal, Socialist History, Media History and several international edited collections. He is an Associate of the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London, co-convener of the Institute for Historical Research’s seminar on the History of Sexuality, and editoral fellow at History Workshop. Justin’s research focuses on the intersection of homosexuality and consumer capitalism in twentieth-century Britain, and he is currently revising a book manuscript titled The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain, which is under contract with the University of Chiago Press. Justin tweets from @justinbengry

Gillian Frank, Managing Editor

Gillian Frank is a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and a lecturer in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. He received his PhD from the department of American Studies at Brown University in 2009. From 2011-2013, Frank was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in the Department of History at Stony Brook University. His research has appeared in publications such as Gender and HistoryJournal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and Syllabus. His book manuscript, Save Our Children: Sexual Politics and Cultural Conservatism in the United States, 1965-1990, will be published with University of Pennsylvania Press. Save Our Children uses the prism of child protection to analyze how concerns about endangered and dangerous children played a central role in conservative resistance to changing gender mores, gay rights, the civil rights movement, the sexualization of popular culture, and sexual liberalism. Frank is also co-editor, along with Bethany Moreton and Heather White, of a forthcoming anthology that is tentatively titled, Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the 20th Century United States. Gill tweets from @1gillianfrank1

Katherine Harvey, Managing Editor

Katherine Harvey is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. A historian of the late medieval English episcopate, she completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2012. Since then, she has been the Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14), and an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck. Her publications include a book on Episcopal Appointments in England, c.1214-1344 (Ashgate, 2014) and papers on topics including episcopal emotions, bodies and masculinities. Her current research project is ‘Medicine and the Bishop in Medieval England, c.1100-c.1450.’ Katherine tweets from @keharvey2013

Agnes Arnold-Forster, Editor

Headshot of Agnes Arnold-FosterAgnes Arnold-Forster is a PhD candidate at King’s College London where she researches breast cancer in the nineteenth century. Her research focuses on both medical and cultural understandings of breast cancer from c. 1789 to c. 1914 in Britain and the United States, by exploring the gendered nature and implications of medicine in that period, the construction of the medical profession and its exclusion of non-conventional practices and practitioners, as well as representations of breast cancer and mastectomies in both visual art and literature. This research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Agnes is also working on a project on the history of feminist engagement with Female Genital Mutilation, which corresponds with the research work she does for the women’s health charity SafeHands for Mothers. She tweets from @agnesjuliet

Rachel Hope Cleves, Editor

author photoRachel Hope Cleves is professor of history at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005. She is the author of Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014), winner of the James C. Bradford Biography Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist in LGBT Studies. She is also the author of the prize-winning The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her articles have appeared in The Journal of American History, Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, The William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, and Early American Studies. Rachel tweets from @RachelCleves

Saniya Lee Ghanoui, Editor, Archives of Desire

headshotsaniyaleeghanoui-e1440469948463Saniya Lee Ghanoui is a media historian researching the cultural history of sex hygiene films in the United States and Sweden. Her current doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looks at how sex hygiene films transitioned from public theaters to schools and issues of censorship, technology, and sexuality; examines the films’ position and status; and explores their place in sex education curricula. Her research is rooted in gender and women’s studies, STS studies, media studies, and visual culture. She graduated with her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU; her MA in Journalism from Emerson College; and her BA in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.

Lauren Gutterman, Editor

Lauren Gutterman is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan where she also holds a temporary appointment as Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies. In 2012 Lauren received her PhD in History from New York University. Her writing has been published in Gender & History, the Journal of Social History, The Public Historian and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. She is currently revising her book manuscript Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire within Marriage, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. This book examines the personal experiences and public representation of wives who desired women in the United States since 1945.

Julia Laite, Raphael Samuel History Centre and Founder

Julia Laite is a historian of women, gender, sexuality, crime, migration, prostitution, and occasionally lorries.  Her first book Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960 was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2011 and she has just embarked on a new research project that looks at sex trafficking and women’s labour migration in modern history.  Originally hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, she is a lecturer in modern British history and gender history at Birkbeck, University of London.  She is especially interested in the intersection of sexuality with politics, labour, and feminism. Julia does not currently act as a Notches editor, but is happy to be contacted about the blog. Julia tweets from @JuliaLaite

Devin McGeehan Muchmore, Editor

Devin McGeehan Muchmore is a PhD candidate in the American Studies program at Yale University and a graduate student affiliate of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. He is currently writing a dissertation on commercial sex entrepreneurs’ grassroots organizing and cultural politics in the 1960s and 1970s United States, using their activism and business activities to illuminate popular debates about the meanings of sexual and economic freedom. Research for the project has been supported by the Mellon Foundation/Council on Library and Information Resources, UCLA Library Special Collections, the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation, and the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale

Katya Motyl, Editor, Eastern Europe

katyaKatya Motyl is a PhD candidate in Modern European History at the University of Chicago, as well as a Residential Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS). Her research interests include gender and sexuality in Central Europe, feminist and queer theory, embodiment, and the history of emotions. She is currently writing a dissertation that examines the history of sexuality in Vienna from 1893 to 1931 by looking to and feeling through women’s embodiment. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Österreichisches Austauschdienst (OeAD), as well as the Social Sciences Division (SSD) and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at the University of Chicago. She is also working on a side project that examines the configuration of romantic love in long distance relationships in early twentieth century Central Europe. Katya tweets from @k_motyl

Amy Tooth Murphy, Founding Editor

Amy Tooth Murphy is an oral historian specialising in lesbian and queer oral histories and post-war lesbian history, with an emphasis on domesticity. Her other research interests include oral history theory and methodology, feminist theory, lesbian literature, butch/femme cultures, queer theory, oral history and reading, memory and narrative, and reading and identity formation. Amy completed her PhD entitled, ‘Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain’, at the University of Glasgow in 2012. In 2013 she undertook a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh on LGBT life and identity in the Scottish capital. Amy is currently based at the University of Roehampton, in the English and Creative Writing Dept, where she is a Research Fellow on the Memories of Fiction project. This AHRC-funded project is conducting oral histories with members of book groups to examine how reading shapes our lives and life narratives. Amy is a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and a member of the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys reading Tintin books and trying to master his hairstyle.

Nicole Pacino, Editor, Latin America

IMG_0417Nicole Pacino is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she teaches world history, Latin American history, and classes affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She completed her PhD in 2013 in History and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nicole’s research has appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, The Latin Americanist, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. She has also contributed to the Eugenics Archive with an entry on Bolivia. Nicole is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled Prescription for a Nation: Public Health and the Geography of Power in Post-Revolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1964, that uses public health as a lens to examine ethnic politics, gender ideologies, and state formation after Bolivia’s 1952 National Revolution. This research on how public health programs facilitated the growth of post-revolutionary state authority in Bolivia’s rural regions will help us better understand the revolution’s impact on race and gender relations during a period of growing state intervention in women’s and indigenous communities’ lives. Nicole tweets from @nicki_pac.

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Editor, Asia and Asian-American

dsc08966-e1438112346247Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci is a historian of reproductive politics, public health, and US-Asia relations. She is currently revising a book manuscript, Conceiving National Bodies: The Trans-Pacific Politics of Birth Control and Eugenics, 1920s-1950s. Her research has appeared in publications such as Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia, Southern Spaces, and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (a winning essay of the Frank Gibney Award). She received a PhD in American Studies from Brown University in 2012. She has taught the issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the United States at Brown University and Stanford University. She is also passionate about promoting international educational exchange and has assisted the work of NGOs in Japan and in California.

Sarah E. Watkins, Editor, Africa

Sarah E. Watkins is a Postdoctoral 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. Additionally, she is a Lecturer at California State University, Channel Islands, where she teaches courses in historical methodology and the African Diaspora. Sarah received her PhD in History with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014. Her work has been featured in History in Africa. She is currently developing a manuscript tentatively titled Mistress of the Drum: Intimate Politics and State Formation in Rwanda. The book explores the evolving role of the Queen Mother in the Rwandan monarchy from its inception in the seventeenth century through the early years of colonialism. She tweets @SarahEWatkins.

Assistant Editors

mc-pic-e1440006950985Mackenzie Anne Cooley is a Ph. D. candidate in the Stanford University Department of History, minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, “Generating Utopia: The Quest to Perfect Nature in Renaissance Italy, Spain, and the Spanish Americas, 1450-1620” explores perceptions of breeding in the sixteenth century, how utopian ideals affected animal and human bodies, and what that meant for the Spanish Empire. This research is supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities on Original Sources. Mackenzie has also promoted programming on “Bioethics and the Gendered Body” and is a founding member of the Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing at Stanford. She tweets from @rovingnome

IMG_5433Natalie Sherif is a Public History M.A. student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her B.A. in history from Gettysburg College where she studied the American Civil War and the history of sexuality. She is currently working on a project that investigates domestic violence in queer relationships. At Gettysburg College, Natalie worked as the managing editor for the Civil War Institute’s blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian.

wood-headshot-e1440080531371Whitney Wood is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research project is a study of the natural childbirth movement in Canada between 1930 and 1980. She received her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and is preparing a manuscript based on her dissertation, “Birth Pangs: Maternity, Medicine, and Feminine Delicacy in English Canada, 1867-1950,” for publication. Her research has appeared in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and the edited collection Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has taught the history of sexuality at WLU and the University of Waterloo in both traditional classroom and online formats. She tweets from @whitneylwood

Former Editors

neilNeil J. Young is an independent scholar of U.S. history, focusing on post-1945 religion and politics. He is the author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics.  He holds an A.B. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. From 2008 until 2014, he taught at Princeton University in the history department and Princeton Writing Program.  His research has appeared in the Journal of Policy HistoryAmerican Quarterly, and in Axel R. Schäfer’s Evangelicals and the 1960s. He writes frequently for publications, including the New York TimesSlate, and the Huffington Post.  He tweets from@NeilJYoung17