Caleb Knapp is a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. His research examines histories of sexuality, sexual violence, and slavery using literary and cultural studies methods. He is currently working on a book manuscript that considers how antebellum debates over racial slavery contributed to the development of discourses of sex and sexual harm in the United States. His dissertation won the University of Washington English Department’s Heilman Prize for most distinguished dissertation from 2019-2020. His work has been supported by awards from the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, the American Studies Association, and the Mellon Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, Seattle.