Rachel Hope Cleves The fortieth-anniversary celebration of Jonathan Ned Katz’s classic document collection Gay American History convened Wednesday evening, May 4, at John Jay College in New York City, with a panel on lesbian history. Cheryl Clarke presided over comments by Caroll Smith-Rosenberg and Claire Potter to an audience that […]
Moderated by Regina Kunzel Edited by Devin McGeehan Muchmore What can histories of sexuality and gender tell us about the carceral state? The United States’ incarceration rate has quadrupled since the 1970s, giving the U.S. the largest prison population in the world. According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 2.2 […]
The metaphor of rape has framed understandings of the U.S. military’s occupation of Okinawa.
Interview by Rachel Moss Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages explores the variety of strategies developed by medieval artists and writers to render sodomy visible. The author Robert Mills argues that we need to take account of the role played by translation—whether visual, verbal or cultural—in endowing sodomy with a […]
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision established the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Discussions of the United States national past abounded in the majority opinion and in the dissents. The words “history” / “historical” / “historic” appear in the […]
Raúl Necochea and Cassia Roth It was our good fortune to share a table with three terrific scholars at the 2015 American Historical Association (AHA) conference, all working in the borderlands of reproduction, sexuality, health, and Latin American/Caribbean politics. Our panel, “The Politics of Reproduction in the Americas: Bolivia, Jamaica, and […]
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 […]