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About Dr. Skidmore:
Emily Skidmore's research interests are U.S. cultural history, ethnic studies, imperialism, queer studies, citizenship studies, and women's and gender history. 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's dissertation, titled "Exceptional Queerness: Defining the Boundaries of Normative U.S. Citizenship, 1876-1936" 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 conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, twice at the National Women's Studies Annual Conference, and in the fall of 2011, will present at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association for a third time.
Dr. Skidmore's most recent publication is an article titled "Constructing the 'Good Transexual': Christine Jorgensen, Whiteness and Heternormativity in the mid-Twentieth Century Press," which appears in the Summer 2011 issue of the journal, 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. Additionally, Dr. Skidmore's article, "Ralph Kerwineo's Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century," will be published in the forthcoming anthology, Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, edited by Jennifer Morgan, Jennifer Brier, and Michele Mitchell.
Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Dr. Skidmore earned a B.A. in History and Urban Studies from Macalaster 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 Early U.S. History, and histories of gender and sexuality.