I specialize in United States political history, queer studies, and the history of
gender, sex and feminism. I am the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the
Politics of Mass Culture (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998.) My article,
“Queer Hoover: Sex, Lies and Political History,” published in the Journal of the History
of Sexuality, vol. 15 no. 3 (September 2006) was recently awarded the 2007-08 Audre Lorde
article prize by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (American Historical
Association affiliate society.)
At present, I am working on a book about the origins of the feminist “sex wars” and the
anti-pornography campaign waged by the Reagan Administration, Sexual Revolutions:
Feminism, the Reagan Revolution and the Politics of Pornography, 1968-1990.
With Renee Romano of the Oberlin College Department of History, I am co-editor of a
monograph series in United States history, “Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary
America,” to be published by the University of Georgia Press (Derek Krissof, acquisitions
editor.) The series will be inaugurated with a co-edited collection of articles on the
challenges attendant to, and the development of new methods for, writing the history of
the recent past. Click here to view information about the series, as well as information
about how to submit a book proposal.
I can also be found at my blog Tenured Radical and at the group history blog Cliopatria.
I supervise student research in the fields of United States political and cultural
history; queer studies and the history of sexuality; the history of race in the United
States, and the history of feminism and gender.
In academic year 2009-2010, I will be on sabbatical in the fall and at the Center for
Humanities in the spring. I will have no regular office hours in fall 2009.
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