Department of History

Rachel Devlin
Associate Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D. Yale University, 1998
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2011
Specialty: Modern US: Women's and Gender History
Office: 311C Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8513
Research Interests: 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


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Upcoming Events

Fri Oct 19 @ 2:00PM - 07:00PM
Histories of Radical Black Women's Symposium
Tue Oct 23 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Jameson Sweet: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 23 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Lyndal Roper: Bonnie Smith Distinguished Lecture in European History
Wed Oct 24 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Faculty Meeting
Wed Oct 24 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Graduate School Workshop: Undergraduate Event
Thu Oct 25 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Anne Balay Talk: We are the trans in transportation


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