Gender, Sexuality, and the Body

Historians of gender explore the ways that "what it means to be a man" or "what it means to be a woman," as well as the very distinction of gender.jpg"male and "female," have varied over time and across space, between and within cultures. The history of sexuality not only examines transformations in sexual roles and identities over time, but also questions how "sexuality" or "sexual identity" are themselves historically contingent. The faculty in this cluster work in regions which span the globe -- from the Americas and the Caribbean to Europe -- and approach these issues from a variety of perspectives, including the relationships between gender/sexuality and "race" or class, and the intersections of gender/sexuality with other social and cultural structures such as religion, marriage, or the law.