Texas Tech University

Emily Skidmore

Assistant Professor
U.S. History, Gender and Sexuality

Email: Emily.Skidmore@ttu.edu

Office: 62 Holden Hall

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. Her book, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, will be published by NYU Press in the fall of 2017. 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 the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Her work has also been featured on the NPR podcast, “Backstory."

Dr. Skidmore's article, "Ralph Kerwineo's Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century," appeared 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. This article was awarded the 2016 Audre Lorde Prize, which recognizes an outstanding article on LGBT history published in the preceding two years.

Dr. Skidmore's work has also appeared in Feminist Studies, and she has been invited to publish book reviews in The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of American History, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. 

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.

Emily Skidmore

Published Works

True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

True sex bookIn True Sex, Emily Skidmore uncovers the stories of eighteen trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936. Despite their “unexceptional” quality, their lives are surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. By tracing the narratives surrounding the moments of “discovery” in these communities – from reports in local newspapers to medical journals and beyond -- this book challenges the assumption that the full story of modern American sexuality is told by cosmopolitan radicals. Rather, True Sex reveals complex narratives concerning rural geography and community, persecution and tolerance, and how these factors intersect with the history of race, identity and sexuality in America. https://nyupress.org/books/9781479870639/