Leigh Ann Wheeler

Leigh Ann Wheeler

Leigh Ann Wheeler is a professor of history at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she teaches modern U.S. history, including specific courses on women, sexuality, sex and law, civil liberties, and social movements. She is the author of How Sex Became a Civil Liberty (2014) and Against Obscenity: Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 1873–1935 (2004). A former coeditor of the Journal of Women's History, she currently serves as a senior editor for Oxford University Press's Research Encyclopedia of American History. Her current project is a biography of Anne Moody, author of the unforgettable memoir, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968).

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Lectures

  • "Are You Free to Read, See, and Hear?": Creating Consumer Rights out of the First Amendment
  • After Griswold and Roe: Public Funding for Sexual Privacy in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Sexual Civil Liberties and the Rise of Gay Rights: An Untold History of Stealth and Wealth
  • The Politics of Womanhood: From the Progressive Era to Trump World *
  • Why Women's History Matters


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.