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DeVun, Leah

Leah DeVundevun 2013 photo

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Columbia University, 2004

At Rutgers since 2011

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Leah DeVun focuses on the history of gender, sexuality, and science in pre-modern Europe, as well as on contemporary queer and feminist studies. She is the award-winning author of Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time (2009). She has also published articles in GLQ, Radical History Review, Osiris, and Wired. Her current project is Enter Sex: Hermaphrodites and the Demands of Difference, which examines the history of sexual difference by looking at how scientists, lawyers, and religious thinkers, among others, have conceived of sex — particularly through their approaches to people with atypical anatomies — in the past and present.

DeVun is also a photographer whose work explores the legacy of queer and feminist histories. Her artwork has been featured in Artforum, Capricious, the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum at the University of Southern California, the Houston Center for Photography, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, among other venues.

CLASSES TAUGHT

  • 510:101 Development of Europe I
  • 506:401:01 Science, Sex, and Society
  • 506:401:15 The Body and Society
  • 510:211 Harvest of the Middle Ages
  • 510:560:01 Readings in Women’s and Gender History
  • 510:539:01 Colloquium in Women’s and Gender History: The Body
  • 510:539:02 Colloquium in Women’s and Gender History: Queer History

PUBLICATIONS

Book

  • Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Erecting Sex: Hermaphrodites and the Medieval Science of Surgery,” in Masculinities in Science/Sciences of Masculinity, ed. Erika Lorraine Milam and Robert A. Nye, Osiris 30 (2015) [forthcoming].
  • “Animal Appetites,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2014) [forthcoming].
  • “Archives Behaving Badly,” (with Michael Jay McClure) Radical History Review 120 (2014) [forthcoming].
  • “Apocalypticism in Western History and Culture,” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 58-59.
  • “Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity,” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 1073.
  • “The Jesus Hermaphrodite: Science and Sex Difference in Premodern Europe,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69:2 (2008): 193-218.
  • “Tisa Bryant,” in LGBTQ America Today, ed. John Hawley (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008): 169-70.
  • “Rachel Guido Devries,” in LGBTQ America Today, ed. John Hawley (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008): 301-2.
  • “Victoria Lena Manyarrows,” in LGBTQ America Today, ed. John Hawley (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008): 716-17.
  • “‘Human Heaven’: John of Rupescissa’s Alchemy at the End of the World,” in History in the Comic Mode, ed. Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007): 251-261. (Peer reviewed.) *Winner of the 2006 Jerry Stannard International Memorial Award for the Best Article of the Year
  • “Hermaphrodites,” in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia, ed. Margaret Schaus et al. (New York: Routledge, 2006): 362-363.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • John Nicholas Brown Prize for Prophecy, Alchemy and the End of Time, 2013 (Best Book from Medieval Academy of America)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 2011-2012
  • Charles Donald O'Malley Fellowship, David Geffen School of Medicine and Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collection for the Sciences, UCLA, 2010-2011
  • Visiting Scholar Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2008
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2008
  • Solmsen Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2007
  • Jerry Stannard International Memorial Award for the Best Article of the Year (in the History of Materia medica, Medicinal Botany, Pharmacy, and Folklore of Drug Therapy before 1700), 2006, for “’Human Heaven’: John of Rupescissa’s Alchemy at the End of the World”
  • Summer Fellowship, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005
  • Francis Bacon Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2004

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