Rebecca L. Davis
|Position:||Miller Family Early Career Professor of History, Associate Professor, Department of History|
Rebecca L. Davis is an associate professor of history and holds a joint appointment in the department of women and gender studies. She specializes in U.S. history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on histories of gender, sexuality, religion, and race. In her sophomore seminar, “American Ethnic Identities,” her students interpret material culture objects as well as written sources to explain how ideas about ethnicity and race have changed over time in the United States. The class culminates in the creation of a website. Davis earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Yale and has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton. Her first book is More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard University Press, 2010). She is currently co-editing a forthcoming book on the history of heterosexuality in North America (NYU Press) and writing a book about changing ideas of the self in the twentieth-century United States. Davis serves as a producer and story editor for the podcast Sexing History.