College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History
Dr. Emily Skidmore is an assistant professor of history. Her courses focus on early U.S. history as well as histories of gender and sexuality. Professor Skidmore's research interests are U.S. cultural history, ethnic studies, imperialism, queer studies, citizenship studies, and women's and gender history. More specifically, her research has focused on:
- the constructions of normative identity categories
- understanding the interplay between legal definitions of citizenship and popular and scientific definitions of normative race, gender and sexuality in the modern United States
Professor 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.
Professor Skidmore's article titled "Constructing the 'Good Transsexual': Christine Jorgensen, Whiteness and Heteronormativity in the mid-Twentieth Century Press" appeared 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. Another 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.
Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, professor Skidmore earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and urban studies at Macalester College in 2004 as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in history at the University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and 2011, respectively.