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First Name
Last Name
Mercyhurst University
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 a historian and podcast host living in Buffalo, NY. She is the Executive Producer of DIG: A History Podcast, and an Assistant Professor of History at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.  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

Gilded Age Decadence and Decay: A Review of The Alienist,” Nursing Clio, 27 Feb 2018.

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

Teaching with Fifty Shades,” Nursing Clio, 21 Mar 2017. 

The Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse in Twentieth-Century Ireland,” Notches Blog, 14 July 2016. 

with Donald T. McGuire. “Serving as a Teaching Assistant in a Large Section Class.” College Teaching Assistant Handbook. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers, 2017. 

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