Notches’ Assistant Editor program recognizes and mentors promising graduate students who have an interest in digital humanities and public history and who are conducting cutting edge research on the history of sexuality. We are pleased to introduce our two Assistant Editors for 2015-2016, Agnes Arnold-Forster and Devin McGeehan Muchmore.

Agnes Arnold-Forster is a PhD candidate at King’s College London where she researches breast cancer in the nineteenth century. Her research focuses on both medical and cultural understandings of breast cancer from c. 1789 to c. 1914 in Britain and the United States, by exploring the gendered nature and implications of medicine in that period, the construction of the medical profession and its exclusion of non-conventional practices and practitioners, as well as representations of breast cancer and mastectomies in both visual art and literature. This research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Agnes is also working on a project on the history of feminist engagement with Female Genital Mutilation, which corresponds with the research work she does for the women’s health charity SafeHands for Mothers. She tweets from @agnesjuliet

Devin McGeehan Muchmore is a PhD candidate in the American Studies program at Yale University and a graduate student affiliate of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. He is currently writing a dissertation on commercial sex entrepreneurs’ grassroots organizing and cultural politics in the 1960s and 1970s United States, using their activism and business activities to illuminate popular debates about the meanings of sexual and economic freedom. Research for the project has been supported by the Mellon Foundation/Council on Library and Information Resources, UCLA Library Special Collections, the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation, and the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale.

Over the next year, Agnes and Devin will be assisting Notches’ editorial board with all aspects of our blog. They will participate in a number of projects including managing our social media presence (Facebook and Twitter), developing our Dispatches and Author Interviews features, expanding our geographic and chronological breadth, and copyediting our regular features. Their help will be invaluable as Notches continues to promote critical discussions of the history of sexuality within and outside of the academy.

Welcome Agnes and Devin!

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