Regina Kunzel
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Regina Kunzel
Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies, History and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
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Regina Kunzel is an historian of gender and sexuality in the 20th-century U.S . whose research focuses on the twined histories of difference and normalcy, the regulatory force of carceral institutions, and relationships between expert discourses and the self-representations of historical subjects. Kunzel’s most recent book, Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2008), examines the social and sexual world made by prisoners over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and tracks its meaning for the formation of modern sexuality. Criminal Intimacy was awarded the American Historical Association’s John Boswell Prize, the Modern Language Association’s Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Award, and was a finalist for the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize. With Janice Irvine, she is co-editor of a series on Sexuality Studies at Temple University Press. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Spring 2016

History and the Body

Fall 2015

Topics in the History of Sex and Gender - History of Sexuality
Intimacy Beyond Borders: Transnational Histories of Sexuality

Spring 2015

The History of Incarceration in the U.S.

Fall 2014

History and the Body
Topics in the History of Sex and Gender - History of Sexuality

Biography

Regina Kunzel is an historian of gender and sexuality in the 20th-century U.S . whose research focuses on the twined histories of difference and normalcy, the regulatory force of carceral institutions, and relationships between expert discourses and the self-representations of historical subjects. Kunzel’s most recent book, Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2008), examines the social and sexual world made by prisoners over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and tracks its meaning for the formation of modern sexuality. Criminal Intimacy was awarded the American Historical Association’s John Boswell Prize, the Modern Language Association’s Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Award, and was a finalist for the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize. With Janice Irvine, she is co-editor of a series on Sexuality Studies at Temple University Press. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Selected Publications

Courses

Spring 2016

History and the Body

Fall 2015

Topics in the History of Sex and Gender - History of Sexuality
Intimacy Beyond Borders: Transnational Histories of Sexuality

Spring 2015

The History of Incarceration in the U.S.

Fall 2014

History and the Body
Topics in the History of Sex and Gender - History of Sexuality