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Carolyn J. Dean, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History, is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on France. She has written on the history of sexuality in interwar Europe and on historical method related to gender studies and queer theory. She is the author of several books, including Sexuality and Modern Western Culture and The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality and Other Fantasies in Interwar France.

Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of American Studies and African American Studies, is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century US women’s history and African American history who studies racial and sexual violence, social movements, war, law, and citizenship. She is particularly interested in how sexuality informs racial and gender politics in the American South. She is the author of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching. She is currently writing a book about rape and the American Civil War.

Greta LaFluer is Assistant Professor of American Studies. Her research and teaching focus on eighteenth-century North American literary and cultural studies, the history of science, the history and historiography of sexuality, and queer studies.  She is currently completing a book that brings together the history of sexuality and early environmental studies in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. 

Kathryn Lofton is Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, and History.  A historian of religion, she has written on late nineteenth-century evangelicalism, early twentieth-century modernism, the history of religious studies, transnational celebrity, and the relationship between religion and consumerism. She received the 2006-2007 LGBT Religious History Award for her essay, “Queering Fundamentalism: John Balcom Shaw and the Sexuality of a Protestant Orthodoxy,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (2008). Her essay, “ ‘Everything Queer?” will conclude a forthcoming collection, Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms, edited by Kathleen Talvacchia, Mark Larrimore, and Michael Pettinger. During her time at Yale, she has served as chair of the LGBT Studies committee as well as the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program.

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Joanne Meyerowitz is Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies and has served in the past as chair of the American Studies Program and the  LGBT Studies Committee at Yale. She is the author of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States and Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930, and the editor of History and September 11th and Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2004, she earned her doctorate at Stanford, taught at the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University, and edited the Journal of American History, the leading scholarly journal in U.S. history.  From 2000-2004, she served on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.  Her articles on gender and sexuality have appeared in the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Women’s History, Gender and History, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and other publications.   Recent essays include “The Liberal 1950s? Reinterpreting Postwar U.S. Sexual Culture,” in Karen Hagemann and Sonya Michel, eds., Gender and the Long Postwar (2014), “‘How Common Culture Shapes the Separate Lives’:  Sexuality, Race, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Social Constructionist Thought,” Journal of American History (2010); and “Transnational Sex and U.S. History,” American Historical Review (2009).