I have research interests in literature, sexology and the modern histories of gender and sexuality, and in contemporary queer and feminist writing and graphic memoirs. I’m Head of the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Other Publications


The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture (Temple University Press, 2017). Monograph.

Sexology and Translation: Scientific and Cultural Encounters Across the Modern World, 1860-1930 (Temple University Press, 2015). Edited collection.

Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years(Palgrave 2012). Collection of essays edited with Matt Cook.

English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion 1860-1930 (Palgrave 2009). Monograph.

Women and Cross-Dressing, 1800-1939 (Routledge, 2006). 3 volume anthology of original texts.

Journal Issues

‘Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women’, special issue of Studies in Comics, Vol.6, No. 2 (2016), co-edited with Andrea Greenbaum and Sarah Lightman.

Transnational Lesbian Cultures’, special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4 (2014), co-edited with Churnjeet Mahn.

Journal Articles

‘Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women: Introduction’, co-authored with Andrea Greenbaum and Sarah Lightman. Studies in Comics Vol. 6., No. 2 (2016), pp. 201-209.

Tangles: An Interview with Sarah Leavitt’, Studies in Comics Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016), pp. 329-338.

Vital Lines Drawn From Books: Difficult Feelings in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother?’, Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol. 18, No. 4 (2014), pp. 266-282.

Transnational Lesbian Cultures’, co-authored with Churnjeet Mahn. Critical introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol. 18, No. 4 (2014), pp. 203-209.

“Race”, Normativity and the History of Sexuality: The Case of Magnus Hirschfeld and Early Twentieth-Century Sexology’, Psychology and Sexuality, Vol. 1, No 3 (2010), pp. 239–249.

Theorizing Female Inversion: Sexology, Discipline and Gender at the Fin de Siècle’Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 18, No 1 (2009), pp. 84-102.

Not a Translation but a Mutilation”: The Limits of Translation and the Discipline of Sexology’Yale Journal of Criticism, Volume 16, Number 2 (October 2003), pp. 381- 405.

“‘The Idea of Development”: Decadence, Aestheticism and late-Victorian Notions about Sexual Identity in Marius the Epicurean’, Australasian Journal for Victorian Studies, Volume 9 (2003), 1-15.

Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis as Sexual Sourcebook for The Well of LonelinessCritical Survey, Volume 15, Number 3 (2003), 23-38.

Chapters in Books

‘Staging Untranslatability: Magnus Hischfeld Encounters Philadelphia’, Un/Translatables: Across Germanic Languages and Cultures, ed. Catriona McLeod and Bethany Wiggin (Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 2016), 193-202.

‘Comics, Graphic Narratives and Lesbian Lives’The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature, ed. Jodie Medd (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 219-236.

‘Suicidal Subjects:  Magnus Hirschfeld and the Emotional Underpinnings of Modern Queer Culture’, in Heike Bauer (ed.), Sexology and Translation: Cultural & Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015), pp. 233-252.

‘Introduction: Translation and the Global Histories of Sexuality’, Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World, 1880-1930 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015), pp. 1-14.

 Sexualities’, The Cambridge Companion to the Body
in Literature, ed. David Hillman and Ulrika Maude (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 101-115.

‘Graphic Lesbian Continuum: Ilana Zeffren’, in Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women*, ed. Sarah Lightman (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014), pp. 98-109. Read on Academia. * The collection won the Eisner Award for best Scholarly/Academic Work in 2015, and the Susan Koppelman Best Anthology Award 2015.

‘Burning Sexual Subjects: Books, Homophobia and the Nazi Destruction of the Institute of Sexual Sciences in Berlin’, in Book Destruction, ed. Gill Partington and Adam Smyth (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 17-33. Read on Academia.

‘Sexology Backward: Hirschfeld, Kinsey and the Reshaping of Sex Research in the 1950s’, in Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years, ed. Heike Bauer and Matt Cook (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 133-149. Read on Academia.

‘Lesbian Time’, in The Lesbian Premodern, ed. by Noreen Giffney, Michelle Sauer and Diane Watt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 161-169. Read on Academia.

‘Sexuality in Popular Culture of the Enlightenment’, in A Cultural History ofSexuality in the Enlightenment (1650-1820), ed. Julie Peakman (London: Berg, 2011), 159-183. Read on Academia.

‘Measurements of Civilization: Non-Western Female Sexuality and the Fin de Siècle Social Body’, in Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Making of a CentralProblem, ed. Peter Cryle and Christopher E. Forth (University of Delaware Press, 2008), pp. 93-108.

‘Is there a History of Female Cross-Dressing?’, Women and Cross-Dressing inBritain, 1800-1939, Vol. 1 (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. xiii-xxxvii.

‘Scholars, Scientists and Sexual Inverts: Authority and Sexology in Nineteenth-Century Scientific Thinking’, in Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth Century Scientific Thinking, ed. by David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, Alex Warwick, Martin Willis (London: Anthem Press, 2006), pp. 197-206.

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