Amanda Littauer, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2006

Fields of Study

20th century United States, and Gender, Sexuality and Women

Courses Taught

  • WGST 101 - Women, Sex and Gender Today
  • WGST 430 - Special Topics in Women's Studies: Queer Theory
  • WGST 432 - Feminist and Queer Theories to the list of Courses Taught
  • WGST 610 - Special Topics in Women's Studies: The New Girls Studies
  • WGST 610 - Special Topics in Women's Studies: Queer Theory 
  • WGST 630 - Research in Women's Studies and LGBT Studies
  • HIST 261 - American History Since 1865
  • HIST 369 - U.S. Women's History
  • HIST 379 - U.S. LGBT History
  • HIST 399H - American Girlhoods
  • HIST 495 - Senior Thesis

Honors Faculty Fellow (2021-2022)

As an Honors Faculty Fellow, Professor Littauer will teach a seminar on Social Justice: Transformation, Imagination, Belonging in spring 2022 in the University Honors Program. The Honors Faculty Fellowship program identifies faculty eager to teach innovative, exciting seminars of interest to highly-motivated students from across the university.

Select Publications

  • Sexual Minorities at the Apex of Heterosexuality (1940s-1965),” in Don Romesburg, ed., Routledge History of Queer America. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018
  • Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the SixtiesChapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. 
  • Littauer, Amanda. "'Someone to Love': Teen Girls' Same-Sex Desire in the 1950s United States," in Queer 1950s: Locating Sexual Culture in the West, Heike Bauer and Matt Cook, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Littauer, Amanda. Entries on "Lesbians" and "Kinsey Female Report," in Encyclopedia of American Women's History, Hasia Diner, ed. Facts on File, June 2012.
  • Littauer, Amanda. Review of Marilyn Hegarty, Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patrioututes, in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 21.2 (May 2012).
  • Littauer, Amanda. Review of Carolyn E. Cocca, Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Law in the United States,H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews, November 2007.
  • Littauer, Amanda. "The B-Girl Evil: Bureaucracy, Sexuality, and the Menace of Bar-room Vice in Postwar California," Journal of the History of Sexuality, 12.2 (April 2003): 171-204.

Amanda Littauer
Associate Professor, Department of History/Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Co-Chair, Committee on LGBT History for the American Historical Association 
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