Joanne Meyerowitz

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Arthur Unobskey Professor of History & American Studies


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).