Miller Family Early Career Professor
Women and Gender Studies
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Areas of Expertise
- Studies the history of marriage, religion, sexuality and politics in the United States.
- Producer of the "Sexing History" podcast.
- Has conducted extensive research in historic "treatments" for homosexuality and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
- Author of "Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions that Changed American Politics" (2021) and "More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss," which looks at the history of marriage counseling in the U.S. and the American obsession with marital perfection. Co-editor of the book "Heterosexual Histories."
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