Assistant Professor - U.S. History, Gender and Sexuality
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Skidmore's research interests are U.S. women's and gender history, cultural history, and queer studies. More specifically, Dr. Skidmore's research is focused on the constructions of normative identity categories, and understanding the interplay between legal definitions of citizenship and popular and scientific definitions of normative race, gender, and sexuality in the modern United States. Dr. Skidmore is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled, Un-Exceptional Queerness: Female-Bodied Men and Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, which explores the cultural, legal, and medical narratives produced around moments of "discovery" wherein the female body of an individual whom a community previously knew to be male was revealed. She has presented her research at numerous national conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, the National Women's Studies Annual Conference, the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, and as of the spring of 2014, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
Dr. Skidmore's article, "Ralph Kerwineo's Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century," will appear in a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, titled “Queering the Middle: Race, Sexual Diasporas, and a Queer Midwest,”in early 2014. Additionally, in the summer 2011, her article "Constructing the 'Good Transexual': Christine Jorgensen, Whiteness and Heternormativity in the mid-Twentieth Century Press," appeared in Feminist Studies. This article was the recipient of the 2008 Feminist Studies Award, given annually to the best article submitted to the journal by a graduate student. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Dr. Skidmore earned a B.A. in History and Urban Studies from Macalester College in 2004, and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011.
Dr. Skidmore is thrilled to be a part of the Texas Tech community, and excited about developing her broad teaching interests, offering courses in U.S. History, and histories of gender and sexuality.
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