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Washburn University
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Women, Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Peace History, World War II, Religion, Mennonite History, Anabaptism, Family History, Children
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About Me

I am Professor Emerita of History at Washburn University with scholarly and teaching interests in U.S. History, women’s history and gender studies, sexuality, peace history, and Mennonite history. My research has focused on the history of conscientious objection in the United States and 20th century U.S. women’s history, as well as the history of sexual abuse in religious contexts and campus settings.  I also write about LGTBQ identity and inclusion/exclusion in religion, especially in Mennonite and Christian contexts.

Recent Publications

“‘Repent of the Sins of Homophobia’: The Rise of Queer Mennonite Leaders,” Nova Religio 24 (February 2021): 68-95.

“Historical Justice in an Era of #MeToo,” in Sightings:  Reflections on Religion in Public Life, ed., Brett Colasacco (Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Eerdmans, 2019).

“Mennonite Bodies, Sexual Ethics:  Women Challenge John Howard Yoder, Journal of Mennonite Studies 34 (2016):  243-255.

“’Defanging the Beast’:  Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,”

Mennonite Quarterly Review, 89 (January 2015):  7-80.

“Campus Protests and John Howard Yoder, 1985-1997,” Mennonite Life, 69 (2015).

“Disarming the Toy Store and Reloading the Shopping Cart:  Resistance to Violent  Consumer Culture,” Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 38 (July 2013).

“‘Like Entering an Armed Camp’: Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Language of  Violent-Toy Protests” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 86 (January 2012):  49-74.

Women Against the Good War:  Conscientious Objection and Gender on the American Home  Front, 1941-47.  University of North Carolina Press, Gender and Culture Series, 1997.

Media Coverage;
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War II