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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Leila J. Rupp

Leila J. RuppLeila J. Rupp is a professor of feminist studies and the associate dean of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a coeditor, with Susan K. Freeman, of Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (2014)—winner of the Lambda Literary Award for best LGBT anthology—and the author of Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women (2009), A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Sexuality in America (1999), Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women's Movement (1997), and Mobilizing Women for War: German and American Propaganda, 1939-1945 (1978). With Verta Taylor, she coauthored Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret (2003)—winner of the Distinguished Book Award of the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association—and Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s (1987). Also a coeditor of Feminist Frontiers (9th edition, 2011), she is currently researching queer women on campus.