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About Claire Potter

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.


Present Chair, American Studies Program, Wesleyan University
Present Director, Center for the Americas, Wesleyan University
Present Professor of History, Wesleyan University
Present Professor, American Studies, Wesleyan University

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Claire Bond Potter
Center for the Americas, 255 High Street
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0002
(860) 685-2377