Faculty Directory

Amanda Littauer

Associate Professor - Jointly appointed with Center for Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Fields of Study: 20th century United States,and Gender, Sexuality and Women, LGBT history

E-mail: alittauer@niu.edu
Office: Zulauf 614

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2006

Major/Recent Publications

  •  Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties. Gender and American Culture Series. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

  • “Scouts, Tomboys, and the History of Girls and Girlhood," Journal of Women’s History Vol. 26, No. 4 (2014): 272-181.

  • “‘Someone to Love’: Teen Girls’ Same-Sex Desire in the 1950s United States,” in Queer 1950s: Locating Sexual Cultures in the West, Heike Bauer and Matt Cook, eds.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

  • “The B-girl Evil: Bureaucracy, Sexuality, and the Menace of Bar-room Vice in Postwar California,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 12, No. 2 (April 2003): 171-204.

  • Review of Marilyn Hegarty, Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes, Journal of the History of Sexuality Vol. 21, No. 2 (May 2012): 339.

  • Review of Carolyn E. Cocca, Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Law in the United States, H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews, November, 2007.  

  • Entries on “Lesbians” and “Kinsey Female Report” in Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Hasia Diner, ed.  Facts on File, 2011.   

  • Entries on “Same-Sex Parenting” and “Victory Girls” in Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society, Paula S. Fass, ed.  New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003.

Courses Taught:


  • American Girlhoods

  • U.S. Women’s History

  • U.S. LGBT History

  • Queer Theory

  • Women, Sex, and Gender Today

  • U.S. Since 1865

  • U.S. to 1865

  • History senior thesis seminar


  • U.S. Women’s and Gender History Reading Seminar

  • Research in Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies

  • The New Girls’ Studies

  • Queer Theory

  • U.S. LGBT History