You are here: Home Faculty Core Faculty Devlin, Rachel

Faculty Photo
Photo Credit: Nick Romanenko
Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Rachel Devlin

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Yale University, 1998

At Rutgers since 2011

311C Van Dyck Hall
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



My scholarly interests are in the cultural politics of girlhood, sexuality, and race in the Postwar United States. My current project, Girls on the Front Line: Gender and the Battle to Desegregate Public Schools in the United States, 1945-1968, considers the role of girls in lawsuits prior to Brown v. Board of Education, and who were desegregation “firsts” at formerly all white schools in the late nineteen fifties and early nineteen sixties.



  • 512:381 Women in American History II
  • 512:313 Childhood in America: The Colonial Period to the Present
  • 512:104 Development of U.S. II
  • 506:401 The 1950s


  • 510:561 The History of Sexuality and Reproduction


  • Relative Intimacy:  Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture, Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2005
  • “The Oedipal Age:  Postwar Psychoanalysis Reinterprets the Adolescent Girl,” Miriam Forman-Brunell and Leslie Paris, eds., Girls’ History and Culture Reader (University of Illinois, 2011)
  • “’Acting Out the Oedipal Wish’:  Father-Daughter Incest and the Sexuality of Adolescent Girls in the United States, 1941-1965” The Journal of Social History (Spring, 2005)
  • “Female Juvenile Delinquency and the Problem of Sexual Authority in America, 1945-1965,” in Sherrie Inness, ed., Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth Century Girls’ Cultures (reprint, originally Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, 1997)
  • “Re-Reading Sex:  Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America,” Reviews in American History (March, 2006)


  • Fellow, The American Council of Learned Societies, 2015-2016
  • Fletcher Fellowship, The Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship Program, The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, 2009-2010
  • Fellow, The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2008-2009
  • Sexuality Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council, 2000

Follow Us

Contact Us

vandyck1111 Van Dyck Hall
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P  (848) 932-7905
F  (732) 932-6763
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.