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, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Osiris, and Wired. Her current project is Enter Sex: A History of Hermaphrodites in the Middle Ages, 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, Huffington Post, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, and New York Magazine, and at the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum at the University of Southern California, Houston Center for Photography, Blanton Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, among other venues.
- 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
- Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).
*Winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize for Prophecy, Alchemy and the End of Time, 2013 (Best Book from Medieval Academy of America)
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
- “Heavenly Hermaphrodites,” Medieval Intersex: Language and Hermaphroditism, ed. Ruth Evans, postmedieval 9:2 (2018) [forthcoming].
- “I Object,” ASAP/Journal 1:2 (2016) [forthcoming].
- “Erecting Sex: Hermaphrodites and the Medieval Science of Surgery,” Scientific Masculinities, ed. Erika Lorraine Milam and Robert A. Nye, Osiris 30:1 (2015): 17-37.
- “Images from the Hannah Montana Series,” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 43:1-2 (2015): 83-6.
- “Archives Behaving Badly,” (with Michael Jay McClure) Radical History Review 120 (2014): 121-30.
- “Friendship Books,” in Public Collectors, ed. Marc Fischer (New York: Inventory Press, 2014), 101-12.
- “The Jesus Hermaphrodite: Science and Sex Difference in Premodern Europe,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69:2 (2008): 193-218.
- “‘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
- Multiple entries, Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- Multiple entries, LGBTQ America Today, ed. John Hawley (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008).
- “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