Amanda Littauer

Current Research

My current research focuses on the histories of LGBTQ youth in the twentieth-century United States. I am working on a book-length project historicizing queer girlhoods, entitled "I was a Future Lesbian: the Lives of Queer Girls, 1945-1985," as well as an edited volume of letters sent to a young gay prisoner, entitled "Dear Robert: Persistence, Violence, and Gay Life in the 1980s."

Major Publications

  • "'Your Young Lesbian Sisters': Queer Girls' Voices in the Liberation Era, 1970-1986," Girlhood Studies, special issue on "Queering Girlhoods," Vol. 12 No. 1 (March 2019).
  • Amanda Littauer and Diane Johns, "Carl Wittman, Dance Master," in Queer Objects, Chris Brickell and Judith Collards, eds. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2019.
  • Amanda Littauer and Diane Johns, "The L-Word Quilt," in Queer Objects, Chris Brickell and Judith Collards, eds. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2019.
  • "Apex of Heterosexuality," in Don Romesburg, ed., Routledge History of Queer America. Routledge, 2018.
  • 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.
  • "Femme Histories Roundtable—Part 1." NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. February 16, 2017.
  • "Femme Histories Roundtable—Part 2." NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. February 23, 2017.
  • "Bad Girls: A Student Interview with Amanda Littauer." NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. July 26, 2016.
  • "Sex on the Home Front: Venereal Disease and the Topography of Heterosexuality." NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. April 5, 2016.
  • "'What can I do to be normal?’ Queer Female Desire in Letters to Dr. Alfred Kinsey." NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.  August 20, 2015. 

Courses Taught

  • HIST 260 - American History to 1865 
  • HIST 261 - American History Since 1865 
  • HIST 367 - U.S. LGBT History
  • HIST 369 - U.S. Women’s History 
  • HIST 495 - Senior Thesis
  • HIST 498 - American Girlhoods
  • HIST 594 - Oral History Methods
  • HIST 7xx - U.S. Women’s and Gender History Reading Seminar 
  • HIST 7xx - Race, Gender, and Sexuality Reading Seminar
  • WGSS 101 - Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WGSS 350 - LGBTQ+ Studies
  • WGSS 432/605 - Feminist and Queer Theories 
  • WGSS 610 - Research in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  

Institutional Affiliations

  • Elected co-chair, 2015-2018, Committee on LGBT History, an independent 501c3 organization and an affiliate of the American Historical Association.


Amanda Littauer

Amanda Littauer
Associate professor, jointly appointed with Center for Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Zulauf 604

Gender Studies, U.S.

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

Office Hours

On leave