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Last Name
St. Olaf College
Website URL
History of Sexuality, LGBTQ, Same-Sex Desire, Homosexuality, Policing, History of Policing, Ireland, Gender, Masculinity, Urban History, Dublin, Imperialism, Colonialism, Postcolonialism
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About Me

Averill Earls is the Executive Producer of DIG: A History Podcast, and an Assistant Professor of History at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Averill earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in History from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in History from the University at Buffalo. Her research focus is on policing, masculinity, and same-sex desire in modern Ireland. She regularly teaches courses on modern European and British history, gender and sexuality studies, and digital history methodology. She writes about Ireland, sexuality, and teaching, publishing in academic and public history settings.

Her first podcast, The History Buffs, won an award for Leadership in History from the American Association of State and Local History in 2017. Her work has appeared on collaborative blogs like Nursing Clio and Notches, and she’s been interviewed about podcasting by @AskHistorians,Buffalo Boss Babes, and AtBuffalo Magazine.

Recent Publications

Averill Earls, “Solicitor Brown and His Boy: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Twentieth-Century Ireland,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, vol. 46, no. 1, (March 2020). 

Averill Earls, “Unnatural Offences of English Import: The Political Association of Englishness and Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Irish Nationalist Media,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 28, no. 3, (September 2019), 396-424.

Averill Earls, Review of OutragesNursing Clio, July 29, 2019.

Averill Earls, “Explicit: Censorship, Sexology, and Sexuality in Independent Ireland,” Nursing Clio, 13 Feb 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Ireland, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Colonialism, Gender, Pedagogy, Public History, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women