Emily Skidmore, 2021–22

Project Title:

Breast is Best?: The Long Debate Over Infant Feeding in the United States

Resident Associate, 2021-22

Associate Professor of History, Texas Tech University

Emily Skidmore is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University, where her research and teaching is focused on the histories of gender and sexuality in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century was published by New York University Press in 2017 and was the winner of the 2018 PROSE award in US history. Her work has also appeared in GLQ, Feminist Studies, Bitch magazine as well as the podcast Backstory. Her current project, tentatively titled Breast is Best?: The Long Debate Over Infant Feeding in the United States, uses advice about breastfeeding as a metric to measure the changing social expectations around motherhood, femininity, sexuality, and gender.

Selected Publications

True Sex

  • Skidmore, Emily. “The History of Sexuality and LGBT History.” In The Cambridge World History of Sexualities, edited by Mathew Kuefler, and Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Skidmore, Emily. “Recovering a Gender Transgressive Past: A Transgender Historiography.” In A Companion to American Women’s History, 2nd ed., edited by Nancy Hewitt, and Annie Valk, 209-22. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.
  • Skidmore, Emily. True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: New York University Press, 2017.
  • Skidmore, Emily. “Ralph Kerwineo’s Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20, no. 1-2 (2014): 141-66.
  • Skidmore, Emily. “Constructing the ‘Good Transsexual’: Christine Jorgensen, Whiteness, and Heteronormativity in the Mid-Twentieth Century Press.” Feminist Studies 37, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 270-300.
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