Professor: Tim Williams
This is a course in historical methods and research, focusing specifically on the history of gender and sexuality in the United States from its establishment through the twentieth century. We will read several works of recent scholarship in the field (both articles and monographs). These readings will inform regular class discussions about how historians have used gender and sexuality to understand many different themes in U.S. history, including class, education, race and slavery, war, and popular culture.
Simultaneously, students will design and execute an original research paper on a topic related to the course theme, which they will present to the class at the end of term. In preparation for this paper, students will produce a series of preliminary assignments, including bibliographic work and both single and multi-source analyses. In other words, this course is both reading and writing intensive.