Managing Editors

Justin Bengry, Founder
Editor, Modern Europe and Queer History

Justin bio photoJustin Bengry is Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London where he convenes the UK’s first MA in Queer History. He completed his PhD in 2010 in History and Feminist Studies at the University of California. He was lead researcher on the Historic England initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage as well as the AHRC-funded project Sexualities and Localities, the first comparative study of UK queer lives and experiences outside London. Justin’s research has appeared in History Workshop Journal, Socialist History, Media History and several international edited collections. He is an Associate of the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London, co-convener of the Institute for Historical Research’s seminar on the History of Sexuality, and editorial fellow at History Workshop. Justin’s research focuses on the intersection of homosexuality and consumer capitalism in twentieth-century Britain, and he is currently revising a book manuscript titled The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain, which is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Justin tweets from @justinbengry

Katherine Harvey
Editor, Ancient and Medieval World

Katherine Harvey is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. A historian of the late medieval English episcopate, she completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2012. Since then, she has been the Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14), and an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck. Her publications include a book on Episcopal Appointments in England, c.1214-1344 (Ashgate, 2014) and papers on topics including episcopal emotions, bodies and masculinities. Her current research project is ‘Medicine and the Bishop in Medieval England, c.1100-c.1450.’ Katherine tweets from @keharvey2013

Julia Laite, Founder
Editor, Modern Britain and Sexual Labour

Julia Laite is a historian of women, gender, sexuality, crime, migration, prostitution, and occasionally lorries.  Her first book Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960 was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2011 and she has just embarked on a new research project that looks at sex trafficking and women’s labour migration in modern history.  Originally hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, she is a lecturer in modern British history and gender history at Birkbeck, University of London.  She is especially interested in the intersection of sexuality with politics, labour, and feminism. Julia does not currently act as a Notches editor, but is happy to be contacted about the blog. Julia tweets from @JuliaLaite

Amy Tooth Murphy, Founder
Editor, Modern Britain, LGBTQ and Oral History

Amy Tooth Murphy is Lecturer in Oral History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She specialises in lesbian and queer oral histories and post-war lesbian history, with an emphasis on domesticity. Her other research interests include oral history theory and methodology, public history (particularly pertaining to queer history), feminist theory, lesbian literature, butch/femme cultures, queer theory, oral history and reading, memory and narrative, and reading and identity formation. Amy completed her PhD entitled, ‘Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain’, at the University of Glasgow in 2012. Since then she has held postdoc positions at University of Edinburgh, University of East London and University of Roehampton. Amy is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and a member of the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys reading Tintin books and trying to master his hairstyle. Amy tweets from @AmyToothMurphy


Hinni Aarninsalo
Editor, Africa

hinni-aarninsalo-picHinni Aarninsalo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she researches the politicization of anti-homosexuality discourse in East Africa. Her thesis examines the differences and connections between anti-homosexuality discourses in different East African countries, by exploring their current political manifestations and shared histories. This research is supported by the Kone Foundation. Prior to her doctoral studies, Hinni worked as a journalist.


Desiree Abu-Odeh
Social Media Manager
Editor, Modern United States and Histories of the Body

desiree-abu-odeh-pic1Desiree Abu-Odeh is a history-track PhD candidate and Predoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Her research interests include public health ethics and histories of gender, race, sexuality, public health, and social movements in the United States. Desiree’s work on obesity and stigma has been published in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. Her dissertation examines the sexual violence problem and anti-violence work on American college campuses from 1950 to 2000.

Agnes Arnold-Forster
Editor, Modern Britain and Histories of Medicine

Headshot of Agnes Arnold-FosterAgnes Arnold-Forster is a medical and cultural historian of modern Britain. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton, working on the Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘A Theatre of Emotions: The Affective Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’. Agnes recently completed her PhD at King’s College London, entitled ‘A Riddle of the Sphinx: Cancer in Britain, 1792-1914’. This research was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Centre for the History of Emotions in Berlin. She tweets from @agnesjuliet

Mackenzie Anne Cooley
Editor, Early Modern

mackenzie_morrocoMackenzie Anne Cooley is a PhD candidate in the Stanford University Department of History, minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, “Animal Empires: The Perfection of Nature between Europe and the Americas, 1492-1600,” explores perceptions of breeding in the sixteenth century, how utopian ideals affected animal and human bodies, and what that meant for the Spanish Empire. This research has been supported by the CLIR Dissertation Fellowship (2015-2016), Fulbright Spain (2016-2017), and the Mellon Foundation (2017-2018). Mackenzie currently acts as graduate coordinator for the Gender History Workshop at Stanford University; there, she has also promoted programming on “Bioethics and the Gendered Body” and is a founding member of the Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing. She tweets from @rovingnome

Saniya Lee Ghanoui
Editor, Modern United States and Scandinavia, Archives of Desire

headshotsaniyaleeghanoui-e1440469948463Saniya Lee Ghanoui is a media historian researching the cultural history of sex hygiene films in the United States and Sweden. She is also a producer of the podcast Sexing History. Her current doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looks at how sex hygiene films transitioned from public theaters to schools and issues of censorship, technology, and sexuality; examines the films’ position and status; and explores their place in sex education curricula. Her research is rooted in gender and women’s studies, STS studies, media studies, and visual culture. She graduated with her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU; her MA in Journalism from Emerson College; and her BA in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.

Lauren Gutterman
Social Media Manager
Editor, Modern United States

Lauren Gutterman is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department and a Core Faculty member in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-creator and host of the podcast Sexing History. After receiving her PhD in History from New York University in 2012, Lauren was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her writing has been published in Gender & History, the Journal of Social History, The Public Historian and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. She is currently revising her book manuscript Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire within Marriagewhich examines the personal experiences and public representation of wives who desired women in the United States since 1945.

Devin McGeehan Muchmore
Layout and Pictures Manager
Editor, Modern United States

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 a producer of the podcast Sexing History. Devin 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.

Katya Motyl
Editor, Central and Eastern Europe

Katya Motyl is a gender and sexuality historian of modern Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, she holds an appointment as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she is working on a book manuscript that traces the experience and performance of new womanhood in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Vienna. Katya received her PhD from the University of Chicago in the summer of 2017. She tweets from @K_Motyl.


April Pudsey
Editor, Ancient World

img_0027April Pudsey is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She researches sex, birth, death – and much of what happens in between – in Roman and Late Antique Egypt. Her publications include a co-edited volume onDemography and the Graeco-Roman Worlds and a she has under review a monograph on Sex, Death and Taxes in Roman Egyptand a co-authored monograph on Child in the Ancient City: Growing Up in Roman Oxyrhynchos . April’s recent publications focus on cultures of adolescence, gender and childhood in the Roman world, and she is currently working on an AHRC funded project on Everyday Life in Roman and Late Roman Egypt. She leads a number of events with the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. @AprilPudsey.

Natalie Sherif
Editor, Public History

IMG_5433Natalie Sherif received their M.A. in History and Public History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where they studied LGBT history through the lens of the history of violence. Natalie is continuing work on a project that investigates domestic violence in queer relationships. At Gettysburg College where they received their B.A. in history, Natalie worked as the managing editor for the Civil War Institute’s blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. Their writing has appeared in The Guardian.


Yorick Smaal
Editor, Australia and the South Pacific

smaal-profile-imageYorick Smaal is a Senior Lecturer in History at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Yorick publishes at the intersections of sexuality and gender, crime and criminal justice, and war and society. His first book Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 and his work has appeared in Women’s History Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and in other collections. Yorick’s new manuscript Boys, Sex and Crime examines young males as victims and offenders of sexual assault in Australia and the United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930 and is contracted with Routledge for 2018. Yorick is an Associate Investigator on the ARC Laureate Fellowship Prosecution Project and book review editor of Queensland Review. He is also author and editor with Graham Willett of Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI (Monash University, 2011), Intimacy, Activism and Violence: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society (Monash University, 2013) and with Andy Kaladelfos and Mark Finnane, The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognitions and Redress (Monash University, 2016)

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci
Editor, Asian and Asian-American Histories

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci is a historian of reproductive politics, public health, and US-Asia relations. She is the author of Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan (Stanford University Press, 2018). Her research has also appeared in publications such as Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia, Southern Spaces, and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (a winning essay of the Frank Gibney Award). She holds a PhD and MA in American Studies from Brown University, and MA and BA from University of Tokyo. She teaches U.S. and global reproductive politics at Stanford University. She is also passionate about promoting international educational exchange and has assisted the work of NGOs in Japan and in California.

Brian Trump
Layout and Pictures Manager
Editor, Modern United States

trumpBrian Trump is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Kansas, researching sexuality, rural/urban space, and the American state. His dissertation—“Sex Crimes and Criminal Sexuality: Legislating and Policing Boundaries of Community in Nebraska, 1880-1980”—explores how attempts to regulate and prosecute moral crimes and sexual violence reinforced ideas of belonging and local citizenship in terms of race, class, and mobility. He received his BA in History and Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Sarah E. Watkins
Layout and Pictures Manager
Editor, Africa

Sarah E. Watkins is an independent scholar and editor based in Columbus, OH. She is the owner and operator of Raccoona Editing, which specializes in developmental editing and copyediting for academic manuscripts. She is also working on her own manuscript, Mistress of the Drum: Intimate Power and the State in Rwanda, 1760-1962. She is a militant defender of the Oxford comma, and sometimes tweets @SarahEWatkins.



Whitney Wood
Editor, Canada, Histories of Medicine and Reproduction

wf7u1nuzWhitney Wood is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research project is a study of the natural childbirth movement in Canada between 1930 and 1980. She received her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and is preparing a manuscript based on her dissertation, “Birth Pangs: Maternity, Medicine, and Feminine Delicacy in English Canada, 1867-1950,” for publication. Her research has appeared in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and the edited collection Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has taught the history of sexuality at WLU and the University of Waterloo in both traditional classroom and online formats. She tweets from @whitneylwood

Former Editors

author photoRachel Hope Cleves is professor of history at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She is the author of Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014). Rachel tweets from @RachelCleves.


Gill1Gillian Frank is a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. His book, Save Our Children: Sexual Politics and Cultural Conservatism in the United States, 1965-1990, will be published with University of Pennsylvania Press. Gill tweets from @1gillianfrank1

img_3843Alexie Glover is an MA student at the University of Victoria. She specializes in the history of sex, sexuality, and gender in North America. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Graduate History Review.


Jane Mackelworth at the Welcome Collection on 15.10.2016Jane Mackelworth completed her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently working on a monograph: Sapphic Love and Desire in Britain, 1900-1950. Jane is also a co-convenor of the IHR History of Sexuality seminar series. Jane tweets from @jane__victoria



Nicole Pacino is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she teaches world history, Latin American history, and classes affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Nicole tweets from @nicki_pac.


neilNeil J. Young is an independent scholar of U.S. history, focusing on post-1945 religion and politics. He is the author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics.  He tweets from@NeilJYoung17