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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 recent book, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women who Desegregated America's Schools (Basic, 2018) considers the disproportionate number of girls who filed lawsuits prior to Brown v. Board of Education, and who were desegregation "Firsts" at historically white schools in the early nineteen sixties.



  • 512:381 Women in American History II
  • 512:313 Childhood in America: The Colonial Period to the Present
  • 512:225 Sexuality in America: The Colonial Era to the Present.
  • 512:104 Development of U.S. II
  • 506:401 The 1950s


  • 510:561 The History of Sexuality and Reproduction


  • A Girl Stands at the Door:  The Generation of Young Women who Desegregated America's Schools, Basic Books, 2018
  • 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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Leah DeVun
Associate Professor of History; and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education
Degree: Ph.D. Columbia University, 2004
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2011
Specialty: Medieval Europe: Women's and Gender History
Office: 007A Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8535



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.


  • 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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Jennifer Mittelstadt
Professor of History; and Vice Chair for Graduate Education
Degree: Ph.D., Univ of Michigan
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2010
Specialty: Modern US: Political, Military, and Women's and Gender History
Office: 118 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8258


I am a historian of the twentieth-century United States, with broad interests in the state and social policy, politics, women and gender, social movements, the military and militarization.  I am the author of From Welfare to Workfare: The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1964 (University of North Carolina, 2005) and The Rise of the Military Welfare State (Harvard University Press, 2015).   I have published articles and opinion pieces in the Journal of Policy HistoryInternational Labor and Working Class History, the Journal of Women’s HistorySocial PoliticsJacobin, War on the Rocks, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.  I have been a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and held the Harold K. Johnson Chair in Military History at the US Army War College.  I am currently working on a project about private, grassroots participation in US foreign policy in the second half of the twentieth century.



  • Gender and the U.S. Military
  • U.S. Women's History
  • Post-1945 U.S. History
  • The History of Poverty and Economic Crisis in the United States
  • The 1960s
  • United States History since 1865


  • Readings in Twentieth-Century U.S. History
  • (New) Transnational Social Movements in the Twentieth Century: US and the World
  • The Teaching of History



Articles and Essays

  • “The Soldier-Breadwinner And The Army Family: Gender and Social Welfare in the Post-1945 U.S. Military and Society,” in Gender And The Long Postwar:  Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989, Karen Hagemann and Sonia Michel, eds., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
  • “Stepping into It:  Lessons Learned from Entering the History You’re Writing,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 24, no. 1, (Winter 2012).
  • “‘The Army is a Service Not a Job’: Unionization, Employment, and the Meaning of Military Service in the Late-Twentieth United States,” International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 80, (Fall, 2011).
  • “Women Participants in Armed Violence,” Review Essay, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 23, no. 3, (Fall 2011).
  • “Philanthropy, Feminism, and Left Liberalism, 1960-1985,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 20, no. 4, (Winter 2008).

Opinion Editorials and Articles


  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008-2009
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities, Residency Fellowship, Penn State, Spring 2009 (declined)
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities, Individual Faculty Award, Penn State, 2007
  • Penn State Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy Award, Penn State, 2007
  • Kent Forster Award, Department of History, Penn State, 2006-2007
  • Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow, Penn State, 2007
  • Children, Youth, and Families Consortium grant, Penn State, 2004-2005


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Social Science History Association
  • Coordinating Council on Women’s History
  • Society for Military History
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Johanna Schoen
Professor of History; and Associate Department Chair
Degree: Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1996
Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 2011
Specialty: Modern US: Women's and Gender History; History of Medicine
Office: 221 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8501





My major interests are the history of women and medicine, the history of reproductive rights, and the history of sexuality. My research traces women’s health and reproductive care through the twentieth century. My first book, Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, examines the role which birth control, sterilization, and abortion played in public health and welfare policies between the 1920s and the 1970s.

In 2002, I shared my research on the history of eugenic sterilization in North Carolina with a journalist from the Winston Salem Journal. North Carolina's sterilization program ran from the 1920s to the 1970s and led to the sterilization of more than 7000 people. The paper ran a week-long series of articles on the subject ( which ultimately resulted in an official apology by the governor of North Carolina. In 2007, I designed an exhibit on North Carolina’s eugenic sterilization program which opened that year in the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.  In 2014, North Carolina began to pay  restitution to sterilization victims – the first state in the country to take such a step. You can follow some of the stories here:

My second book, Abortion After Roe [], traces the history of abortion since legalization. Abortion is--and always has been--an arena for contesting power relations between women and men. When in 1973 the Supreme Court made the procedure legal throughout the United States, it seemed that women were at last able to make decisions about their own bodies. In the four decades that followed, however, abortion became ever more politicized and stigmatized. Abortion after Roe chronicles and analyzes what the new legal status and changing political environment have meant for abortion providers and their patients. It sheds light on the little-studied experience of performing and receiving abortion care from the 1970s--a period of optimism--to the rise of the antiabortion movement and the escalation of antiabortion tactics in the 1980s to the 1990s and beyond, when violent attacks on clinics and abortion providers led to a new articulation of abortion care as moral work. More than four decades after the legalization of abortion, the abortion provider community has powerfully asserted that abortion care is a moral good.

I am co-directing, with Kim Mutcherson from the Rutgers Law School at Camden, a 5-year research program on abortion and reproductive justice and am working on a project that traces the feminist articulation of abortion care as moral work back to the 1970s. In addition, I am working on an anthology on Fetal and Maternal Bodies, forthcoming with Rutgers University Press and am co-editing, with Carol Boyer from the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research a volume on women leaders in health and medicine, to be published in the Junctures series by Rutgers University Press.

My research has been supported by, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative, the American Philosophical Society, and the NEH.



  • 512:104 US Development II
  • 512:391 History of Medicine in Film
  • 512:225 Sexuality in America
  • Health, Culture and Society


  • Colloquium: Women&Gender: Sexuality
  • Colloquium: History of Medicine
  • Readings: Women's and Gender History


  • Abortion Since Roe (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press: 2015).
  • “Re-Assessing Eugenic Sterilization: The Case of North Carolina,” in A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era, ed. by Paul Lombardo (University of Indiana Press, 2010).
  • "Birth Control in Public Health," in Silent Victories: The History and Practice of Public Health in the Twentieth Century America, ed. by John Ward and Christian Warren, (Oxford University Press, 2007): 279-303.
  • “From the Footnotes to the Headlines: Sterilization Apologies and Their Lessons,” Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC 3, no. 3 (Sept. 2006).
  • Choice and Coercion:  Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare in the Twentieth Century, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).
  • “Between Choice and Coercion: Women and the Politics of Sterilization,” Journal of Women’s History 13, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 132-56.


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • National Abortion Federation
  • Berkshire Conference for the History of Women
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
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Sandy Russell Jones
Associate Teaching Professor; and Academic Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies
Additional Degree(s): B.A., Dickinson College, Religious Studies
Specialty: Modern Middle East: History of Islam
Office 2: Lucy Stone Hall B-316, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854




  • The Classical Age of Islam, Rutgers University
  • Islam in the Modern Age, Shi`i Islam, Rutgers University
  • Women and Islam, Rutgers University
  • The Hero's Quest: Religion, Mythology, and Harry Potter, Rutgers University
  • Islamic Civilization, Rutgers University
  • Women and Society in the Islamic Middle East, Rutgers University
  • Islam, Global Civilization, Rutgers University
  • Introduction to Islam, Rutgers University and University of Pennsylvania
  • Introduction to World Religions, East Stroudsburg University, PA


  • "Bahrain:Origins of a Crisis," Jadaliyya,, April 10, 2011.
  • “God’s law or state’s law? Authority and Islamic family law reform in Bahrain,” dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
  • “The Battle Over Family Law in Bahrain,” Middle East Report, No. 242, Spring 2007.
  • Review of Amira El-Azhary Sonbol, Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 36, no. 3, August 2004.


  • Muslims for Peace Interfaith Award, Women in Islam - Prophet Muhammad Interfaith Conference, March 24, 2018
  • Hybrid Course Conversion Grant, Rutgers University (Spring - Summer 2013)
  • Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Fellowship (2010-2011), New Brunswick, NJ
  • Fulbright IIE Program for U.S. Students Dissertation Research Grant (2004-2005), Bahrain
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (2004-2005), Bahrain (declined)
  • American Research Center in Egypt Dissertation Research Grant (2004-2005), Egypt
  • University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Pre-dissertation Grant (2003), Bahrain
  • Center for Arabic Study Abroad Full-Year Fellowship (2001-2002), Egypt
  • University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Boardman Fellowship (2000)


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies
  • Fulbright Association
  • Middle East Studies Association