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University of Iowa
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U.S. history (19th and 20th century), queer history, history of sexuality, gender history, disability history, queer studies, women's and gender studies, critical race studies
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About Me

Caroline Radesky is a historian of sexuality, gender, and race. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Iowa in 2019. Her work examines same-sex desiring individuals’ uses of history to construct transnational and transhistorical sexual subjectivities in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century U.S. This research was supported by the Smith College, Cornell University’s Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation, The Kinsey Institute, the University of Iowa, the Mellon Foundation, and the AAUW.

In 2020, her dissertation “Feeling Historical: Same-Sex Desire and the Creation of Historical Imaginaries, 1890-1920” won the Organization of American Historians’ John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award.

She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Family, Gender, Medicine, Race, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War I