Author Interviews

Classroom Wars and Sexual Politics: An Interview with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Interview by Robert Self The schoolhouse has long been a crucible in the construction and contestation of “family values.” In Classroom Wars: Language, Sex and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015), Natalia Mehlman Petrzela focuses on battles over sex education and bilingual education in order to chart how Californians […]

Redefining Rape: Estelle Freedman on the History of Sexual Violence

Interview by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard 2013) charts the complex and shifting meaning of sexual violence in the United States. It is unique in focusing on the legal and political, rather than personal and experiential, dimensions of American rape culture. Centering on the […]