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Marie Hicks, “Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost It…

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How did gender relations change in the computing industry? And how did the UK go from leading the world to having an all but extinct computer industry by the 1970s? In Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017). Marie Hicks, an Assistant Professor of History at the Illinois Institute of Technology, offers a detailed and comprehensive overview of this radical social change. Based on rich and detailed archival and interview sources, packed with illustrations and individual narratives of the 1940s to the 1970s, the book demonstrates how the rigid class and gender hierarchies of British society were recreated and reproduced in attempts to modernise the state through technology. As the book’s conclusion notes, “all history of computing is gendered history,” meaning the book is essential reading for anyone interested in how we have the computing and technology industries we have today. The first chapter of the book can be read here, and you can learn more about the book and Dr. Hick’s work on her twitter and on the book’s twitter feed.


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1:04:12
With transgender rights front and center in American politics, media, and culture, the pervasive myth still exists that today’s transgender children …

Denis Provencher, "Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations" (Liverpool UP, 2017)

January 4th, 2019

1:02:42
Sometimes a book can take inspiration from a (not so) simple map. At the end of his previous book, Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship (Routledge, 2007), Denis Provencher discusses a map of …

Steve Stewart-Williams, "The Ape That Understood the Universe: How Mind and Culture Evolve" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

December 26th, 2018

56:20
In this episode, cross-posted from from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Yael Schonbrun takes a dive into evolutionary psychology with …

Tison Pugh, "The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom" (Rutgers UP, 2018)

December 18th, 2018

56:44
Perhaps no form of popular art has appeared as poised to resist subversive sexual themes as the television situation comedy. But Tison Pugh writes …

McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century" (Verso, 2017)

December 6th, 2018

1:04:01
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention. The chapters of General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century (Verso, …

Keisha Lindsay, "In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools" (U Illinois Press, 2018)

November 28th, 2018

53:57
According to most experts, boys have more trouble in schools than girls. Further, African-American boys have even more trouble than, say, white boys. …

Sara Egge, "Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920" (U Iowa Press, 2018)

November 28th, 2018

54:42
While the campaign to win for women the right to vote in America was waged on a national scale, this often obscures the fact that the most of battles took place at the state level, where local perspectives were key.

Alicia Malone, “The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women” (Mango Publishing Group, 2018)

November 16th, 2018

1:01:25
Today we will be talking to Alicia Malone, the author of The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women (Mango Publishing Group, 2018). Malone is a film critic and host on Turner Classic Films who has compiled a list …

Andrew L. Yarrow, “Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life” (Brookings Institution Press, 2018)

November 9th, 2018

57:24
In the era of #MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh, and Donald Trump, masculinity and the harmful effects that follow certain versions of masculinity have become …

Dustin Parsons, “Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams” (U Georgia Press, 2018)

November 7th, 2018

46:46
If you open Dustin Parsons’ new book, you’ll find maps, figures, footprints, a floor plan, silhouettes of roadside birds, charts of riverbed …

Victoria Lamont, “Westerns: A Women’s History” (U Nebraska Press, 2016)

October 19th, 2018

52:34
Westerns are having a bit of a moment in the early twenty-first century. Westworld was recently nominated for eight Emmys, the hit show Deadwood is slated for a return to television in the next few years, and in 2015 …

Sylvia Chan-Malik, “Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam” (NYU Press, 2018)

October 17th, 2018

1:09:09
The story of Muslims in America has primarily been told through the experiences of men and often revolves around narratives of immigration. Sylvia …

Jacqueline Rose ,”Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)

October 10th, 2018

54:11
I left the kitchen radio on while reading Jacqueline Rose‘s Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018) in preparation for this interview. It was June. Putting the book down for a minute to …

K. Dittmar, K. Sanbonmatsu, and S. Carroll, “A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters” (Oxford UP, 2018)

October 8th, 2018

23:57
Interviewing one member of Congress is a feat for most researchers. Interviewing nearly 100 and almost every women member of Congress is remarkable. …

Allyson Jule, “Speaking Up: Understanding Language and Gender” (Multilingual Matters, 2018)

September 28th, 2018

47:08
In a time where concepts such as gender pronouns, sexual assault and harassment, and toxic masculinity are entering and shaping public discourse, …

Steven Roberts, “Young Working-Class Men in Transition” (Routledge, 2018)

September 17th, 2018

40:42
How do young working-class men experience the transition to adulthood? In his new book Young Working-Class Men in Transition (Routledge, 2018),

Dagmar Herzog, “Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

September 7th, 2018

45:17
‘Create two, three—many Freuds!’ That, Dagmar Herzog shows, was the forgotten slogan of the Cold War. With Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age …

Duane W. Roller, “Cleopatra’s Daughter: And Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era” (Oxford UP, 2018)

August 10th, 2018

43:17
For the most part women in the classical world have suffered from what Duane W. Roller terms “near-invisibility,” obscuring the consequential roles …

Eve Krakowski, “Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Women’s Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture” (Princeton UP, 2017)

August 9th, 2018

56:04
History is only recently opening up to previously marginalized groups: it is only just now that women’s history is being explored across different historical fields. Eve Krakowski in Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: …

Damien Riggs, “The Psychic Life of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities” (Lexington Books, 2018)

August 7th, 2018

56:19
In order to fully grasp the workings of racism, we cannot limit ourselves to examining it within majority cultures. Racism exists in minority …

Rachel Morley, “Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema” (I. B. Tauris, 2016)

August 1st, 2018

50:23
In studying the pre-Revolutionary films of Evgenii Bauer, Dr. Rachel Morley (Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture at the School of Slavonic and …

Jo Weldon, “Fierce: The History of Leopard Print” (Harper Design, 2018)

July 31st, 2018

46:52
Leopard print has a long history, as Jo Weldon shares in her new book, Fierce: The History of Leopard Print (Harper Design, 2018). In her illustrated text, Weldon chronicles the history of leopard print, situating it …

Jeffrey Dudas, “Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism” (Stanford UP, 2018)

July 27th, 2018

26:05
With the rise of President Donald Trump as the head of the Republican Party, once a Democrat and liberal on many social issues, what does it mean to be a conservative today? What is the glue that connects Trump to other …

Megan Condis, “Gaming Masculinity: Trolls, Fake Geeks, and the Battle for Online Culture” (U Iowa Press, 2018)

July 25th, 2018

1:12:19
Gaming has increasingly become part of mainstream culture, from the continued rise of console and PC gaming to the emergence of eSports. Gaming …

madison moore, “Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric” (Yale UP, 2018)

July 23rd, 2018

1:02:49
Did you catch that look? The theory of fabulousness is on the move. In his new book, Fabulous: the Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Yale UP, 2018),

John Bushnell, “Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry: Spasovite Old Believers in the 18th-19th Centuries” (Indiana UP, 2017)

July 20th, 2018

1:14:05
In the course of investigating marriage patterns among Russian peasants in the 18th and 19th century, Northwestern University history professor John …

Kelsy Burke, “Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet” (U California Press, 2016)

July 17th, 2018

41:02
How do we conceptualize religious conservatives and their relationship with sex? And how do Christians use digital media for sexual knowledge and pleasure? In her new book, Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and …

Rebekah J. Buchanan, “Writing a Riot: Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics” (Peter Lang, 2018)

July 9th, 2018

48:45
In 1989, Time magazine pronounced “Feminism is dead.” It seemed to mainstream culture that the conservative era, marked by Regan and Thatcher, had …

Kelly Sundberg, “Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Abuse and Survival” (Harper, 2018)

July 3rd, 2018

38:30
If you’ve read the news or been on the internet at all this year, you’ve probably come across the hashtag #MeToo, the rallying cry of a movement aimed at calling out the harassment and abuse men in positions of power …

Andrew J. Huebner, “Love and Death in the Great War” (Oxford UP, 2018)

June 26th, 2018

1:17:08
Coincident with the hundredth anniversary of the first American engagements in the First World War, Andrew J. Huebner joins New Books in Military …

Denise Von Glahn, “Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life” (U Illinois Press,

June 26th, 2018

1:03:49
There are few living American classical composers for whom an academic biography has been published, but Libby Larsen deserves this type of study. At the opening of her book, Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

Sumita Mukherjee, “Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks” (Oxford UP, 2018)

June 26th, 2018

42:41
In her new book, Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks (Oxford University Press, 2018), Sumita Mukherjee highlights the centrality of Indian women in the fight for the vote in the first half …

Hongwei Bao, “Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China” (NIAS Press, 2018)

June 25th, 2018

45:53
Hongwei Bao’s book is a thoughtful exploration of gay identity and queer activism in China. This work stems from the term and identity tongzhi, which …

Lisa M. Todd, “Sexual Treason in Germany during the First World War” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

June 22nd, 2018

1:02:06
The First World War is usually associated with Trench Warfare, industrial mobilization, and the Lost Generation. In her recent book, Sexual Treason in Germany during the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Lisa …

Sami Schalk, “Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction” (Duke UP, 2018)

June 12th, 2018

35:11
What do werewolves, enslaved women and immortal beings have in common? And how can they shed light on contemporary questions of ableism and police …

Lisa Walters, “Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science, and Politics” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

June 12th, 2018

49:50
As a 17th-century noblewoman who became the first duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the writer and philosopher Margaret Cavendish has often been viewed as a royalist and a conservative within the context of the social and …

Yasemin Besen-Cassino, “The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap” (Temple UP, 2017)

June 11th, 2018

30:08
With the rise of the #MeToo movement following dozens of high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault by professional men against women …

Halifu Osumare, “Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir” (UP of Florida, 2018)

June 4th, 2018

31:50
Combining memoir with auto-ethnography, historical study and sociocultural analysis, Halifu Osumare draws on her decades of experience to explore the …

Kyla Schuller, “The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century” (Duke UP, 2017)

June 1st, 2018

58:25
Beginning with a discussion about Black Lives Matter may seem like an unlikely place to start a book about nineteenth century science and culture. …

Jeffrey Lazarus and Amy Steigerwalt, “Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay in Office” (U Michigan Press, 2018)

May 17th, 2018

26:01
Research has demonstrated that women legislators face tougher re-election campaigns, often confronting stiff general election and primary competition. They typically received less favorable media coverage and get less …

Gillian B. Fleming, “Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

May 17th, 2018

1:03:20
Labeled in history as “mad,” Juana of Castile was in fact a complex figure whose sometimes emotional nature was exploited by the men around her as a way of limiting her ability to exercise her power as queen. Gillian B. …

Gillian M. Rodger, “Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage” (U Illinois Press, 2018)

May 16th, 2018

1:07:32
In the 1870s, one of the most popular forms of entertainment attended by American working-class men was variety—a succession of unrelated bawdy acts …

Patricia Leavy and Victoria Scotti, “Low-Fat Love Stories” (Sense Publishers, 2017)

May 16th, 2018

54:45
Patricia Leavy and Victoria Scotti‘s Low-Fat Love Stories (Sense Publishers, 2017) is a collection of short stories and artistic portraits focusing …

Marie E. Berry, “War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia Herzegovina” (Cambridge UP, 2018)

April 30th, 2018

1:07:42
How can war change women’s political mobilization? Using Rwanda and Bosnia as case studies Marie E. Berry answers these questions and more in her …

Eric Yarbrough, “Transgender Mental Health” (American Psychiatric Association, 2018)

April 30th, 2018

51:13
How and where do transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people find good mental healthcare? And how can psychotherapists and other mental health professionals become competent in this kind of care? Furthermore, …

Leah Bassel and Akwugo Emejulu, “Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain” (Policy Press, 2017)

April 27th, 2018

41:33
What is the impact of austerity on minority women? How has this impacted on already long standing forms of social inequality across England, France and Scotland? These questions are the subject of Minority Women and …

Bhoomi Thakore, “South Asians on the U.S. Screen: Just Like Everyone Else?” (Lexington Books, 2018)

April 26th, 2018

38:36
How does the portrayal of a character like Apu matter? What does the representation of South Asian TV characters tell us about society at large?  In her new book, South Asians on the U.S. Screen: Just Like Everyone Else?

Catherine Layton, “The Life and Times of Mary, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland” (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018)

April 26th, 2018

58:50
As the thrice-married widow of one of the richest dukes in Victorian Britain, Mary Mitchell lived a life often at variance with the expectations of propriety for her time. In The Life and Times of Mary, Dowager Duchess …

Jannica Budde, “Turkish Women Writers in German Cities” (Königshausen and Neumann, 2017)

April 25th, 2018

21:29
In Germany, beginning in the 1960s, a major population shift took place. The reason for it was the German guest worker program. Due to the German …

Lisa Ze Winters, “The Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic” (U Georgia Press, 2016)

April 20th, 2018

38:37
Popular and academic representations of the free mulatta concubine repeatedly depict women of mixed black African and white racial descent as defined …

Nadia Yaqub and Rula Quawas, “Bad Girls of the Arab World” (U Texas Press, 2017)

April 16th, 2018

47:52
Modeled on Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Bad Girls of the Arab World (University of Texas Press, 2017), edited by Nadia Yaqub and …

Jonathan S. Coley, “Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities” (UNC Press, 2018)

April 12th, 2018

48:42
How do students become LGBT activists at Christian Universities and Colleges? And what is the impact on the school but also on the activists …

R. Shep Melnick, “The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education” (Brookings Institution Press, 2018)

April 10th, 2018

1:14:25
When thinking of Title IX, most people immediately associate this important education policy with either athletics or a general idea of increasing …

Japonica Brown-Saracino, “How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities” (U Chicago Press, 2017)

April 10th, 2018

51:08
Many of us move to a new place at some point in our lives for a variety of reasons: for a job, to be with a partner, to attend school, for a change …

Stephen Monteiro, “The Fabric of Interface: Mobile Media, Design, and Gender” (MIT Press, 2017)

April 6th, 2018

27:54
Sewing, knitting, quilting, the crafts related to fabric making, are usually not what we think about when we consider our digital communications devices. Yet, many of the activities that we find ourselves doing with our …

June Purvis, “Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography” (Routledge, 2018)

April 3rd, 2018

39:13
Despite her prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement in Great Britain, Christabel Pankhurst has not received the same degree of attention from …

Mehammed Mack, “Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture” (Fordham UP, 2017)

March 29th, 2018

1:19:59
In the recent past, anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have surged across America and Europe. Much of this public discourse revolves around …

Molly Ladd-Taylor, “Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017)

March 28th, 2018

50:20
Eugenic sterilization is usually associated with Nazi horrors before and during World War II. But, as Dr. Molly Ladd-Taylor reminds us, it was also …

Bonnie Anderson, “The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer” (Oxford UP, 2017)

March 26th, 2018

47:44
As a believer in free thought, a campaigner for women’s rights, and as a supporter of abolition, Ernestine Rose had no shortage of causes to …

Motti Inbari, “Jewish Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy Confronts Modernity, Zionism, and Women’s Equality” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

March 23rd, 2018

48:56
Jewish ultra-Orthodoxy, in its numerous manifestations, continues to exert profound influence on the Jewish world, even as it undergoes pressure to …

Laurie Marhoefer, “Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis” (U Toronto Press, 2015)

March 19th, 2018

59:24
The Weimar Republic was home to the first gay rights movement, led by well-known sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld. It also inspired many literary and …

Marian Wilson Kimber, “The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word” (U Illinois Press, 2017)

March 13th, 2018

53:34
Although largely forgotten today, elocution was a popular form of domestic and professional entertainment from the late nineteenth century until …

Aidan Smith, “Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency” (Routledge, 2017)

March 7th, 2018

1:04:09
Aidan Smith has written a timely and important analysis of the way that we understand images, masculinity, and femininity, especially through the …

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, “Of Beard and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair” (U Chicago Press, 2015)

March 6th, 2018

32:57
Throughout Western history the clean-shaven face has been the default style. However, the ideal of the cleanly-shaven face has been challenged across …

Dan Healey, “Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi” (Bloomsbury, 2017)

March 6th, 2018

57:16
In 2013, when the Russian State Duma passed a law banning the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors, some rushed to boycott Russian vodka. In Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi (Bloomsbury, …

Amy Langenberg, “Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom” (Routledge, 2017)

February 27th, 2018

59:08
Birth and suffering are deeply linked concepts in Buddhism, and their connection has shaped how the bodies and status of women were understood. Join …

Jerry Flores, “Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, and Wrap-Around Incarceration” (U California Press, 2016)

February 23rd, 2018

1:01:30
What are the lives of young incarcerated Latinas like? And what were their lives like before and after their incarceration? In his new book, Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, and Wrap-Around Incarceration (University of …

Daphna Hacker, “Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

February 23rd, 2018

52:45
As debates on globalization rage in the twenty-first century, many countries and the people within them have been challenged socially, economically, and legally. At the same time, our world is now more bordered …

Sasha Turner, “Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing and Slavery in Jamaica” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

February 16th, 2018

1:04:18
When British planters, abolitionists and colonial officials confronted the reality of the end of the slave trade, they envisioned reproducing …

Harrod Suarez, “The Work of Mothering: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora” (U Illinois Press, 2017)

February 8th, 2018

6:03
Harrod Suarez‘s new book The Work of Mothering: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora (University of Illinois Press, 2017) focuses on the domestic workers that make up around a third of all overseas Filipino/a …

Sasha Turner, “Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Child-Rearing, and Slavery in Jamaica” (Penn Press, 2017)

February 8th, 2018

43:36
Sasha Turner’s Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Child-Rearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) reveals enslaved women’s contrasting ideas about maternity and raising children in …

Becky Aikman, “Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma and Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge” (Penguin Books, 2017)

January 30th, 2018

1:05:46
Thelma and Louise is rightly considered a great film that went through an incredible journey to the screen. It is also an illustration of how dedicated women still had to fight hard to get it made. Becky Aikman‘s book

Zoe Wool, “After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed” (Duke UP, 2015)

January 29th, 2018

1:27:35
Zoe Wool‘s ethnography of rehabilitation After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed (Duke University Press, 2015) describes how soldiers injured in …

Angus McLaren, “Playboys and Mayfair Men: Crime, Class, Masculinity, and Fascism in 1930s London” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017).

January 23rd, 2018

42:48
In December of 1937, four men robbed a representative of the diamond company Cartier of eight diamond rings in the Hyde Park Hotel. What made this crime unique was the identity of the perpetrators: all four men were …

What Role Did World War I Play in Women Gaining the Right to Vote?

January 23rd, 2018

57:55
In the fifth podcast of Arguing History, Lynn Dumenil and Christopher Capozzola consider the relationship between America’s involvement in World War …

Ula Yvette Taylor, “The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam” (UNC Press, 2017)

January 11th, 2018

1:13:33
The Nation of Islam and other black nationalist groups are typically known for their male leaders. Men like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and …

Elizabeth McRae, “Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy” (Oxford UP, 2017)

January 1st, 2018

24:42
Much attention has been drawn to the role of white women in the recent Alabama senate election and the earlier election of Donald J. Trump as …

Elizabeth Bucar, “Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress” (Harvard UP, 2017)

December 25th, 2017

1:01:16
We’ve featured a few books on fashion and the Muslim world recently, all part of an effort to re-orient the study of women in the Muslim and Arabic-speaking worlds. Elizabeth Bucar’s Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress

Kate Manne, “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny” (Oxford UP, 2017)

December 25th, 2017

1:03:04
Kate Manne is an assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University. As a feminist and moral philosopher, Manne examines an idea that has been inadequately addressed in her book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (

Ashley D. Farmer, “Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era” (UNC Press, 2017)

December 21st, 2017

1:03:16
Black Power was one of the most iconic movements of the twentieth century. Recent documentary treatments like The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 in …

Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner, eds. “Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics” (UBC Press, 2017)

December 18th, 2017

59:08
Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner have assembled a fascinating and important exploration of the role, understanding, and perceptions of mothers and …

Hilary Matfess, “Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses” (Zed Books, 2017)

December 18th, 2017

44:21
Today we talked with Hilary Matfess about her new book Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses, just recently published by Zed Books in 2017. Drawn from her extensive research and interviews from 2015 …

Sowande Mustakeem, “Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage” (U. Illinois Press, 2016)

December 14th, 2017

48:19
Most scholars and members of the public believe the process of enslavement was confined to the Western Hemispheric plantation or other locations of …

Rafia Zakaria, “Veil” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

December 13th, 2017

1:03:41
Muslim women are often the focus of debate when it comes to public conversations about Islam. Much of this centers on feelings and assumptions surrounding an object, the veil. Rafia Zakaria, journalist and author, …

Kinneret Lahad, “A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time” (Manchester UP, 2017)

December 5th, 2017

53:30
Why are you still single?
This question is often asked of single women, especially those who are deemed by loved ones or friends to be too old to be …

Carolyn Sufrin, “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars” (U. Cal Press, 2017)

December 1st, 2017

1:05:01
In 1976, the landmark supreme court case Estelle v. Gamble, established that under the Eighth Amendment “deliberate indifference” to the health needs of incarcerated individuals was tantamount to cruel and unusual …

Sara E. Brown, “Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators” (Routledge, 2017)

November 28th, 2017

1:06:02
Thanks to Scott Straus, Leanne Fujii and others, we know quite a bit about how men behaved during the genocide in Rwanda. But we know surprisingly little about women’s actions during that crisis.
Sara Brown begins to …

J. Samaine Lockwood, “Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism” (UNC Press, 2015)

November 22nd, 2017

1:03:41
J. Samaine Lockwood, Associate Professor in the English Department at George Mason University, specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and gender and sexuality studies. In an hour-long conversation, we …

Judith Giesberg, “Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality” (UNC Press, 2017)

November 13th, 2017

1:01:45
Judith Giesberg, an expert on the history of women and gender during the Civil War, is professor and director of graduate studies in the history department at Villanova University and Editor of The Journal of the Civil …

Sandra F. Sperino and Suja A. Thomas, “Unequal: How American Courts Undermine Discrimination Law” (Oxford University Press, 2017

November 6th, 2017

33:21
The recent spate of revelations about high-profile sexual predators who have been harassing and assaulting women, sometimes for decades, along with …

Jeffrey Kidder, “Parkour and the City: Risk, Masculinity, and Meaning in a Postmodern Sport” (Rutgers UP, 2017)

October 26th, 2017

45:51
The meaning assigned to architecture is complex and varied. Urban architecture is often stripped of meaning when people abandon the neighborhoods or are absent of meaning at the time of their inception. This leaves the …

Linda Simon, “Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper” (Reaktion Books, 2017)

October 2nd, 2017

41:53
What are your impressions when you think of the flapper? Who is she in your mind? When and where does she exist?
In her new book Lost Girls: The …

Heath Fogg Davis, “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?” (NYU Press, 2017)

September 27th, 2017

1:00:13
Why do we have sex-segregated restrooms? Are they necessary? What about your drivers license? Have you thought of why your designated sex category is listed, despite your picture and all other relevant information …

Sarah Haley, “No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity” (UNC Press, 2016)

September 15th, 2017

55:44
Recent popular and scholarly interest has highlighted the complex and brutal system of mass incarceration in the United States. Much of this interest …

Patricia Gherovici, “Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference” (Routledge, 2017)

August 31st, 2017

57:05
Freudian theory laid the foundation for a felicitous engagement of psychoanalysis with transgender experience. Building on the work of sexologists, …

Johanna Neuman, “Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote” (NYU Press, 2017)

August 29th, 2017

49:48
In the late 19th century New York socialites enjoyed a newfound celebrity status thanks to their conspicuous wealth and the attention of the rapidly expanding newspaper industry. Many of these women sought to use their …

Jennifer Fleeger, “Mismatched Women: The Siren’s Song Through the Machine” (Oxford UP, 2014)

August 13th, 2017

31:11
Jennifer Fleeger‘s Mismatched Women: The Siren’s Song Through the Machine (Oxford University Press, 2014) tells the story of women in film and their representation as aberrations, but also as moments of emancipation and …

Fiona Helmsley, “Girls Gone Old” (We Heard You Like Books, 2017)

August 12th, 2017

1:04:44
Fiona Helmsley‘s Girls Gone Old (We Heard You Like Books, 2017) is wildly honest, intense in its personal and cultural inquiry, and often brilliantly …

Patricia Gherovici, “Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference” (Routledge, 2017)

August 6th, 2017

51:39
Psychoanalysis is transitioning. Its history of pathologizing deviant sexuality is giving way to curiosity about the universal complexities and …

Joyce Salisbury, “Rome’s Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015)

August 6th, 2017

44:01
The daughter of the emperor Theodosius I, Galla Placidia successfully navigated the tumultuous politics of the late Roman Empire to rule as regent …

Naoko Wake, “Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism” (Rutgers UP, 2011)

August 1st, 2017

58:02
The influential yet controversial psychiatrist, Harry Stack Sullivan was pioneering in his treatment of schizophrenia however the way he lived …

Riki Wilchins, “TRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media, and Congress…and Won!” (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2017)

July 26th, 2017

55:16
Before Transgender actors entered popular culture, and before the “T” was included in LGBT, Transgender activism was a small and marginalized …

Laura Larson, “Hidden Mother” (Saint Lucy Press, 2017)

July 20th, 2017

45:47
Hidden Mother by Laura Larson was published by Saint Lucy Press (January 2017), with 96 pages and 26 Color and black and white images.
Hidden Mother …

Brittney C. Cooper, “Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women” (U. Illinois Press, 2017)

June 26th, 2017

52:50
Dr. Brittney C. Cooper, who is an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University, explores the intellectual genealogy and geography of the work of African-American women over the course of more …

Theodore Burnes and Jeanne Stanley, “Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice” (APA, 2017)

June 19th, 2017

52:27
Despite the prominence of LGBTQ issues in our current social consciousness, many people still know little about the LGBTQ community, which means that teaching about this community and its issues is an important job. …

Liana Christin Landivar, “Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2017)

June 13th, 2017

40:11
A big question in Sociology regarding work and gender is: which mothers opt out of the labor force to take care of children? Popularly known as …

Megha Amrith, “Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia” (NIAS Press, 2016)

May 22nd, 2017

42:09
If you’ve been hospitalized in Europe, North America, Australia or the Middle East in recent years, chances are that at some point a nurse from the Philippines has had some part in your treatment. As Megha Amrith writes …

Stephen Lee Naish, “Deconstructing Dirty Dancing” (Zero Books, 2017)

May 16th, 2017

1:05:52
When the film was released in 1987, critic Roger Ebert famously panned Dirty Dancing. Yet the movie continues to be the favorite of millions of fans. In Deconstructing Dirty Dancing (Zero Books, 2017), Stephen Lee Naish

Jill Gentile, “Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire” (Karnac, 2016)

May 8th, 2017

52:18
Psychoanalysis has a reputation for insularity, often limiting its interest and scope to events in the consulting room. But the origins of Freud’s …

Sarah Bracey White, “Primary Lessons: A Memoir” (CavanKerry Press, 2013)

April 29th, 2017

28:37
As an African-American child growing up in the segregated pre-Civil Rights South, Sarah Bracey White pushed against the social conventions that …

Marcia Yonemoto, “The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan” (U of California Press, 2016)

April 25th, 2017

1:08:12
Were women a problem in early modern Japan? If they were, what was the nature of the problem they posed? For whom, and why? Marcia Yonemoto‘s new …

Carrie Jenkins, “What Love is: And What it Could Be” (Basic Books, 2017)

April 25th, 2017

1:08:16
Carrie Jenkins‘ new book is a model for what public philosophy can be. Beautifully written, thoughtful, and compellingly and carefully argued, What …

Lynn Dumenil, “The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I” (UNC Press, 2017)

April 18th, 2017

48:17
When America went to war against Germany in 1917, the scale of the conflict required the mobilization of women as well as men in order to achieve victory. In The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I

Lisa Wade, “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus” (Norton, 2017)

April 6th, 2017

45:59
“Hookup” has become a buzzword, a misleading concept for students, parents and educators alike–one that confuses more than explains the nuances of …

Holly Hurlburt, “Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance” (Yale UP, 2015)

March 30th, 2017

46:03
Caterina Corner lived a life that was composed of a mixture of adventure, power, and tragedy. The daughter of a Venetian patrician and merchant, she was married to the king of Cyprus while barely a teenager. Within two …

Mia Mask, “Divas on the Screen: Black Women in American Film” (U. of Illinois Press, 2009)

March 29th, 2017

21:11
Five charismatic women navigate uneven terrain of racial gender and class stereotypes: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey …

Susan E. Cayleff, “Nature’s Path: A History of Naturopathic Healing in America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)

March 28th, 2017

57:42
Susan Cayleff’s Nature’s Path: A History of Naturopathic Healing in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) offers a fascinating alternative to the development of allopathic orthodoxy in the twentieth-century …

Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco, “The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture” (Routledge, 2016)

March 27th, 2017

50:34
The wish to transcend one’s mortality, and the anxiety associated with being unable to do so, are universal human experiences. People deal with these …

Michael E. Stewart, “The Soldier’s Life: Martial Virtues and Manly Romanitas In the Early Byzantine Empire” (Kismet Press, 2016)

March 22nd, 2017

47:28
The prowess of the Roman empire was imbued with courage and militarism. Symbolised by the combative male soldier, Michael Edward Stewart‘s tool of …

Kelly Belanger, “Invisible Seasons: Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports” (Syracuse UP, 2016)

March 20th, 2017

1:18:09
As I write this, the women’s basketball team for the University of Connecticut is in the midst of a 107 game winning streak. It’s quite reasonable to …

Gregory Mitchell, “Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil’s Sexual Economy” (U. Chicago Press, 2015)

March 13th, 2017

55:31
Moving through the saunas of Rio de Janeiro, the Amazonian eco-resorts of Manaus, and the Afro-Brazilian heritage of Bahia, Tourist Attractions: …

Kathleen Dolan, “When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections” (Oxford UP, 2014)

February 21st, 2017

45:22
Does sex play a determinative role in political contests? Recognising the dual political realities of voters holding gender stereotypes and female …

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, ‘Keep the Damned Women Out’: The Struggle for Coeducation” (Princeton UP, 2016)

February 13th, 2017

44:11
Within the context of the social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, elite institutions of higher education began to feel pressure to open their doors to women. In ‘Keep the Damned Women Out’: The Struggle for Coeducation

Carol Hardy-Fanta and Dianne Pinderhughes, “Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

February 6th, 2017

28:12
This week on the podcast, I speak with Carol Hardy-Fanta and Dianne Pinderhughes, the co-authors (along with Pei-te Lien and Christine Marie Sierra) …

Steve Tripp, “Ty Cobb, Baseball, and American Manhood” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

January 30th, 2017

1:09:08
Many scholars of baseball and American sports have focused on Ty Cobb as an integral and controversial character in the history of baseball. However, …

Holly Charles, “Velvet” (AuthorHouse, 2013)

January 25th, 2017

1:13:23
Have you ever wondered about your family history, and how family traditions or secrets through the years may affect you, your behavior, and major aspects of your life? Velvet (AuthorHouse, 2013) begins with Ludie, a …

Marcia Aldrich, “Waveform: 21st-Century Essays by Women” (U of Georgia Press, 2016)

January 4th, 2017

48:35
Back in 2013, in The New York Times, essayist Christy Wampole declared that we are in a moment of “the essayification of everything.” She noted how …

Elizabeth Barnes, “The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability” (Oxford UP, 2016)

January 3rd, 2017

1:09:25
We are all familiar with the idea that some persons are disabled. But what is disability? What makes it such that a condition–physical, cognitive, …

Jennifer L. Palmer, “Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic” (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

December 17th, 2016

42:46
Jennifer Palmer’s new book, Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), uses the stories of two extraordinary families as the point of departure for a study of the …

Joe Solmonese, “The Gift of Anger: Use Passion to Build Not Destroy” (Berrett-Koehler, 2016)

December 10th, 2016

1:00:16
Anger has acquired a bad reputation in our culture. It is an emotional state that can lead us to say and do things we later regret, particularly when …

Anthony M. Petro, “After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion” (Oxford UP, 2015)

December 2nd, 2016

51:48
Emerging in the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic was not just a public health crisis. It was a moral crisis too, argues Anthony M. Petro in his new book,

Margaret Bashaar “Some Other Stupid Fruit: A Problematic Feminist Narrative” (Agape Editions, 2016)

November 30th, 2016

21:41
What is the best way to be a feminist? What is the best way to be a poet, a musician, or a painter? As a woman, what is the best way to be a friend to other women?
The very idea that these water marks of success exist, …

J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht, “Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

November 7th, 2016

25:35
On the eve of the 2016 election, it is worth reflecting on the history of women’s voting. Up to this weighty task is a new book by J. Kevin Corder

Sally Engle Merry, “The Seduction of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking” (U. of Chicago Press, 2016)

November 7th, 2016

56:41
Quantification is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when hearing or reading about the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights …

Roy Guzman, “Restored Mural for Orlando/Mural Restaurado Para Orlando” (Queerodactyl Press, 2016)

November 3rd, 2016

16:35
After the enormity of our loss had been calculated, Guzman started writing. Drawn to the page to process his grief and to understand in the best way …

Michelle Markel, “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead/Brave Girl” (Balzer + Bray, 2016,2013)

November 3rd, 2016

39:38
Michelle Markel, an award-winning author and former journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, talks about books she’s written about two strong and brave women Clara Lemlich and …

Monika McDermott, “Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior” (Oxford UP, 2016)

September 30th, 2016

1:03:54
With the 2016 presidential election in full swing and rhetoric surrounding each candidate becoming more polarized, how does gender impact the way …

Ellen Widmer, “Fiction’s Family: Zhan Xi, Zhan Kai, and the Business of Women in Late-Qing China” (Harvard UP, 2016)

September 21st, 2016

1:03:44
Ellen Widmer’s new book tells a story of the life and work of a literary family in China, in order to open out into a fascinating discussion of the …

Mary Hawkesworth, “Embodied Power: Demystifying Disembodied Politics” (Routledge, 2016)

September 16th, 2016

1:03:18
How can we explain the “occlusion of embodied power” and “lack of attention to race, gender, and sexuality” in the discipline of political science, a …

Ellen Mayock, “Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

September 13th, 2016

1:03:18
Recent controversies surrounding sexual harassment and assault on college campuses have sparked heated discussions surrounding the everyday …

Diane Ehrensaft, “The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes” (The Experiment, 2016)

September 7th, 2016

1:17:25
The gender binary is recently giving way to gender infinity, and our youngest members of society are both driving and benefiting from this evolution. …

Matthew Pierce, “Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shiism” (Harvard UP, 2016)

September 7th, 2016

56:02
The story of the martyrdom of Husayn, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, is recounted annually around the world. More broadly, the communal retelling of the lives of Shia imams has played an important part in shaping Shia …

Charles Strozier, “Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed” (Columbia UP, 2016)

September 2nd, 2016

1:02:34
When Abraham Lincoln wrote that the better part of one’s life consists of his friendships, it is likely that he had in mind his friendship with …

Anne Mac Lellan, “Dorothy Stopford Price: Rebel Doctor” (Irish Academic Press, 2014)

August 25th, 2016

58:47
Among the achievements of Irish medicine in the twentieth century was ending the persistent epidemic of tuberculosis throughout the island, and one …

Peter Wade, et. al. “Mestizo Genomics: Race Mixture, Nation, and Science in Latin America (Duke UP, 2014)

August 2nd, 2016

1:02:05
Over the past quarter-century, scientists have been mapping and exploring the human genome to locate the genetic basis of disease and track the …

Sabine Arnaud, “On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category between 1670 and 1820” (U. of Chicago Press, 2015)

July 5th, 2016

1:07:05
Sabine Arnaud‘s new book explores a history of discursive practices that played a role in the construction of hysteria as pathology. On Hysteria: The …

Jessa Crispin, “The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries” (U. of Chicago Press, 2015)

July 1st, 2016

34:32
Biography is a genre of largely unexamined power: a literary field that preserves stories of lived lives and, through them, perpetuates notions that …

Susan Kavaler-Adler, “The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers” (ORI Academic, 2013)

June 27th, 2016

57:55
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice and founder of The Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy …

Anthea Kraut, “Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance” (Oxford UP, 2015)

June 23rd, 2016

37:56
Is it possible to lay claim to ownership of a dance? Is choreography intellectual property? How have shifting conceptions of race and gender shaped the way we think of dance, property and ownership? In Choreographing …

Bert Ashe, “Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles” (Agate Bolden, 2015)

June 23rd, 2016

42:34
What’s missing from contemporary discussions of aesthetics and representation within the natural hair movement? Bert Ashe generously offers a …

Srimati Basu, “The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India” (U of California Press, 2015)

June 13th, 2016

1:00:56
Are solutions to marital problems always best solved through legal means? Should alternative dispute resolutions be celebrated? In her latest book

Galit Atlas, “The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing, and Belonging in Psychoanalysis” (Routledge, 2015)

June 2nd, 2016

59:30
This interview is really a conversation between two friends, peers, and colleagues–two women who were pleased to find each other in the …

Katie Gentile, ed., “The Business of Being Made” (Routledge, 2015)

May 28th, 2016

52:13
In this interview, Dr. Katie Gentile discusses the research, writing and creative thinking about compulsory parenthood and Assisted Reproductive …

Valerie Sperling, “Sex, Politics and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia” (Oxford UP, 2015)

May 23rd, 2016

59:03
The prevalence of media that reinforces a traditional masculine image of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, is at the core of Valerie Sperling‘s …

Brooke Hauser, “Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman”

May 20th, 2016

48:37
“Women’s history, if they had any, consisted in their being beautiful enough to become events in male lives,” the feminist academic Carolyn R. …

Amy Randall, “Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

May 16th, 2016

1:03:35
Any time I prepare to do an interview, I make sure I read the blurb on the back of the book. One of the blurbs on the back cover of Amy Randall’s

Mary Ziegler, “After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate” (Harvard UP, 2016)

May 10th, 2016

52:04
In this podcast I talk with Mary Ziegler, Stearns Weaver Miller Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law about her book, After …

Matthew H. Sommer, “Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China” (U of California Press, 2015)

May 4th, 2016

1:10:39
First things first: Matthew H. Sommer‘s new book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the history of China and/or the history of gender. …

Peter L. Laurence, “Becoming Jane Jacobs” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

April 30th, 2016

1:02:14
Peter L. Laurence is an associate professor of urban design, history and theory at Clemson University School of Architecture. His book Becoming Jane …

Kate Bolick, “Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own” (Crown, 2015)

April 19th, 2016

40:22
“There still exists little organized sense of what a woman’s biography or autobiography should look like,” Carolyn G. Heilbrun wrote in her 1988 …

Elizabeth A. Wilson, “Gut Feminism” (Duke UP, 2015)

March 7th, 2016

1:04:00
Elizabeth A. Wilson‘s new book is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of science studies and feminist theory. In its introduction,

Keren R. McGinity, “Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood” (Indiana UP, 2014)

February 8th, 2016

32:07
In Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014), Keren R. McGinity, founding director of the Love and Tradition Institute and a Research Associate at Brandeis University, …

Jessica Martucci, “Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

February 3rd, 2016

1:04:35
Jessica Martucci‘s fascinating new book traces the emergence, rise, and continued practice of breastfeeding in America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and …

Anita Weiss, “Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

January 26th, 2016

1:05:01
Pakistan is often caricatured and stereotyped as a volatile nuclear country on the precipice of disaster. Such depictions are often especially …

Joan Judge, “Republican Lens: Gender, Visuality, and Experience in the Early Chinese Periodical Press” (U of California Press, 2015)

January 19th, 2016

1:03:09
Joan Judge‘s wonderful new book takes readers into the pages of the Funu shibao (the Women’s Eastern Times), a “Shanghai-based, nationally …

Aisha Durham, “Home With Hip Hop Feminism” (Peter Lang, 2014)

January 14th, 2016

41:39
Is hip hop defined by its artists or by its audience? In Home With Hip Hop Feminism, Aisha Durham returns hip hop scholarship to its roots by …

Marcia C. Inhorn, “The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East” (Princeton UP, 2012)

December 18th, 2015

57:41
Winner of the 2015 American Anthropological Associations Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology and the 2014 …

Michael Kimmel, “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era” (Nation Books, 2013)

December 18th, 2015

46:16
Michael Kimmel is the Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. He is also executive director of the Center …

Laura Sjoberg, “Gender, War, and Conflict” (Polity Press, 2014)

December 1st, 2015

1:03:35
How does gender make war, and how does war make gender? In Gender, War, and Conflict (Polity Press, 2014), Laura Sjoberg (University of Florida) …

Nancy Bauer, “How to Do Things With Pornography” (Harvard UP, 2015)

November 15th, 2015

1:12:04
We live in a world awash with pornography, in the face of which anti-porn feminist philosophizing has not had much impact. In How to Do Things With …

Andrea Celenza, “Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios” (Routledge, 2014)

November 10th, 2015

53:07
[NB:Please be forewarned, there is some brief audio difficulty at the beginning of the interview. It does clear up quickly, so please do listen …

Juanita De Barros, “Reproducing the British Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery” (UNC Press, 2014)

October 6th, 2015

57:05
As slavery came to an end in the Caribbean’s British colonies, officials and local reformers began to worry about how and whether they would convince …

Stephen Macedo, “Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage” (Princeton University Press, 2015)

October 1st, 2015

1:07:38
There has been a lot of talk in the United States recently about same-sex marriage. One obvious question is sociological: What are the implications …

Shelly Cline, “Women at Work: The SS Aufseherin and the Gendered Perpetration of the Holocaust” (Ph. D. Diss, U of Kansas, 2014)

September 22nd, 2015

55:23
Is it ok–practically and ethically–to feel sympathetic toward the guards of concentration camps?
Today’s interview marks the conclusion of my summer-long series of podcasts on the concentration camps and ghettos of Nazi …

Deborah R. Vargas, “Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda” (U of Minnesota Press, 2012)

September 14th, 2015

1:14:46
In her transformative text Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Gloria Anzaldua referred to the U.S.-Mexico border region as “una herida abierta (an open wound) where the Third World grates against the first and …

Phil Tiermeyer, “Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants” (U of California Press, 2013)

September 14th, 2015

39:55
Today’s guest discusses the history of sexuality in the workplace through the lens of male flight attendants. We speak with Phil Tiemeyer about the …

Aysha Hidayatullah, “Feminist Edges of the Qur’an” (Oxford UP, 2014)

September 9th, 2015

50:59
What are some of the key features and characteristics of the Muslim feminist Qur’an exegetical tradition and what are some of the tensions and ambiguities found in that tradition? Those are the central questions …

Patty Farmer, “Playboy Swings! How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music” (Beaufort Books, 2015)

September 9th, 2015

35:51
What do Aretha Franklin, Rodney Dangerfield, and desegregation in New Orleans have in common? Perhaps, surprisingly, the answer is Playboy. Playboy magazine served as a guidebook for young people in the post-war era and …

Sarah Helm, “Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women” (Nan A. Talese, 2015)

August 1st, 2015

1:27:32
Today’s podcast is the second in our summer series of interviews about the concentration camps in and around Nazi Germany. Earlier this summer I …

Eva Hemmungs Wirten, “Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information” (U of Chicago, 2015)

August 1st, 2015

1:05:57
When we study the history of a famous scientific figure – especially one that has gone on to become a cultural icon – we are dealing not just with a …

Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone “Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent” (Routledge 2015)

July 26th, 2015

51:02
Much of the scholarship on heavy metal has assumed that the primary audience is straight white males, who are likely sexist and homophobic. In her …

Mia E. Bay, et al., “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women” (UNC Press, 2015)

July 26th, 2015

1:01:34
Mia Bay is a professor of history at Rutgers University, and Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity. She is co-editor of Toward an …

Meredith K. Ray, “Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy” (Harvard UP, 2015)

July 8th, 2015

1:03:23
According to sixteenth-century writer Moderata Fonte, the untapped potential of women to contribute to the liberal arts was “buried gold.” Exploring …

Claire Virginia Eby, “Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era” (U of Chicago Press, 2014)

June 23rd, 2015

1:05:48
Clare Virginia Eby is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. In Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Eby examines the origins of how we …

Anita M. Harris, “Ithaca Diaries: Coming of Age in the 1960s” (Cambridge Common Press, 2014)

June 20th, 2015

36:21
Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll. That’s the stereotypical view of the 1960s. But in her memoir, Ithaca Diaries, Coming of Age in the 1960s (Cambridge …

Marion Holmes Katz, “Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice” Columbia University Press, 2014

June 2nd, 2015

1:09:34
Recently, there have been various debates within the Muslim community over women’s mosque attendance. While contemporary questions of modern society structure current conversations, this question, ‘may a Muslim woman go …

Robin James, “Resistance and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism and Neo-Liberalism” (Zero Books, 2015)

June 2nd, 2015

49:21
How are contemporary pop culture ideas about resilience used by Neoliberal capitalism? Robin James addresses this question using philosophy of music …

Eva Illouz, “Hard-Core Romance: Fifty Shades of Grey, Best-Sellers, and Society” (U of Chicago Press, 2014)

April 27th, 2015

1:03:36
Eva Illouz is professor of sociology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and president of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her book Hard-Core …

Leigh Ann Wheeler, “How Sex Became a Civil Liberty” (Oxford University Press, 2013)

April 6th, 2015

1:07:55
Leigh Ann Wheeler is professor of history at Binghamton University. Her book How Sex Became a Civil Liberty (Oxford University Press, 2013), examines …

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, “Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture” (Oxford University Press, 2015)

March 26th, 2015

51:57
The intersection between Spanish-bilingual education and sex education might not be immediately apparent. Yet, as Natalia Mehlman Petrzela shows in …

Joanna Kempner, “Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health” (U of Chicago Press, 2014)

March 21st, 2015

53:55
Migraine is real, and it is pervasive–at least 12% of Americans suffer some form of this spectrum disorder. Still, migraine remains a conflicted illness–people routinely dispute the legitimacy of both the experience and …

Michelle Nickerson, “Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right” (Princeton UP, 2012)

March 18th, 2015

54:40
Recently, historians have shown that the modern conservative movement is older and more complex than has often been assumed by either liberals or …

Victoria Hesford, “Feeling Women’s Liberation” (Duke University Press, 2013).

March 6th, 2015

1:10:20
Victoria Hesford is an associated professor of Women and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. Her book Feeling Women’s Liberation

Norma Jones, Maja-Bajac-Carter, Bob Batchelor, “Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

February 25th, 2015

1:05:56
While there are a number of studies of how women are represented in popular culture, Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, Bob Batchelor’s collection of …

Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, “La Belle Creole” (Chicago Review Press, 2014)

February 18th, 2015

38:49
One of the fundamental functions of biography is the preservation of stories. But it also acts to resurrect the stories that may have fallen from view, reinvigorating the tales of people who, with the passage of time, …

Lisa Tetrault, “The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898” (UNC Press, 2014)

February 12th, 2015

1:01:16
Lisa Tetrault received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. …

Stephanie Coontz, “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s” (Basic Books, 2014)

February 6th, 2015

1:05:41
Stephanie Coontz is an award-winning social historian, the director of Research and Public Education at the Council for Contemporary Families and …

Laura Mattoon D’Amore, “Smart Chicks on Screen” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

November 25th, 2014

1:05:10
One of the continuing issues of the entertainment industry is the treatment of women in movies and television. Even with a larger number of female …

Wai-yee Li, “Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature” (Harvard Asia Center, 2014)

November 24th, 2014

1:05:58
Wai-yee Li‘s new book explores writing around the Ming-Qing transition in seventeenth-century China, paying careful attention to the relationships of …

Edward Ross Dickinson, “Sex, Freedom and Power in Imperial Germany 1880-1914” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

November 18th, 2014

1:14:56
In this interview with historian Edward Ross Dickinson we talk about sex. Well, actually we talk about the talk about sex. Since Michel Foucault’s …

Sahar Amer, “What is Veiling?” (UNC Press, 2014)

November 18th, 2014

45:48
There are few concepts commonly associated with Islam and Muslims today that evoke more anxiety, phobia, and paranoia than the veil, commonly …

Bonnie J. Mann, “Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror” (OUP, 2014)

November 12th, 2014

59:45
In the aftermath of 9/11, the American political landscape and its discourses took a peculiar turn. America’s national sovereignty-conceived as the …

Nadine Hubbs, “Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music” (University of California Press, 2014)

November 5th, 2014

1:09:20
Academics don’t pay enough attention to class. And when we do, too often we only magnify the tendency for working class subjects to be defined according to middle class norms; and according to those norms, they, not …

Amanullah De Sondy, “The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities” (Bloomsbury, 2014)

October 27th, 2014

1:00:12
What gets to count as Islam? In the current political climate this question is being repeated in a variety of contexts. The tapestry of various …

Brooke Erin Duffy, “Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age”

September 18th, 2014

35:50
Brooke Erin Duffy’s Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press, 2013) traces the upheaval in the women’s magazine industry in an era of media convergence and audience …

Katherine Frank, “Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013)

September 15th, 2014

32:44
Dr. Katherine Frank‘s book, Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013), is a fascinating look at the taboo of group sex. Her robust research spans historical references …
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