Graduate Student Bios

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Caitlin Wiesner
Current Research: Women's and Gender History, African American

Caitlin is a doctoral candidate specializing in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the 20th century United States. She earned her Bachelor of the Arts with Distinguished Honors in History and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2015. Caitlin studies the history of sexual violence, feminist activism, African American women, and state crime control policy in the late 20th century United States. Her forthcoming dissertation, titled “Controlling Rape: Black Women, the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence, and the State, 1974-1994,” explores how black women's anti-rape activity evolved in response to the state's growing interest in punishing and prosecuting rape during the long War on Crime. Her research has been supported by the Graduate School of New Brunswick, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers Oral History Archives, Smith College Libraries, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization International. She is the 2019-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Women's History at the New-York Historical Society.