History of Gender and Sexuality

Historians at the University of Chicago see gender and sexuality as essential analytic category for understanding social, cultural, and political change. Our research and teaching on the history of gender and sexuality reflects a variety of geographic and methodological perspectives. Faculty and recent graduate students have done important work on topics including gender, sexuality and the law, statecraft, religion, migration, consumption and taste, the history of the body, race and politics, visual culture, empire, the family, and urban history. We encourage transnational, comparatives, and interdisciplinary work.

Graduate students working on the history of gender and sexuality enjoy the support of a lively interdisciplinary community of faculty and students affiliated with the university’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

They can also gain valuable teaching experience in gender and sexuality studies by teaching in the core curriculum sequence in Gender and Sexuality in World Civilization and Problems in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, as well as stand-alone courses.

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