Andrea Friedman

Professor of History and of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA
MA/JD Programs Director
Professor Emeritus of the Department of History
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, The Ohio State University
BA, The Ohio State University
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    Professor Friedman is a historian of gender and sexuality with a focus on the modern United States. Her courses span US women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, feminist politics, and queer and sexuality studies.



    Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent (University of Massachusetts Press. 2015)

    Prurient Interests Gender, Democracy, and Obscenity in New York City, 1909-1945 (Columbia University Press, 2000)


    Professor Friedman is not accepting new graduate students.

    Selected Publications


    "The Empire at Home: Radical Pacifism and Puerto Rico in the 1950s," in Howard Brick and Gregory Parker, eds., A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement and Its Times (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming, 2015)

    "Ruth Reynolds and the Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence," MaComere (The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars) 12, 2 (2010): 95-103

    "The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism," Journal of American History 94, 2 (2007): 44-68

    "The Smearing of Joe McCarthy: The Lavender Scare, Gossip, and Cold War Politics," American Quarterly 57, 4 (2005): 1105-29

    "Sadists and Sissies: Anti-pornography Campaigns in Cold War America," Gender and History 15, 2 (2003): 213-239

    Contributor to "Forum: Gender and Nation in Post-war Visual Culture," Gender and History 15, 2 (2003): 179-90

    "'The Habits of Sex-Crazed Perverts': Campaigns Against Burlesque in Depression-Era New York City," Journal of the History of Sexuality 7, 2 (1996): 203-238


    James M. Holobaugh Award (for service to the LGBTQIA community), 2012

    Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University, 2010-2011

    2007 Berkshire Conference Article Prize for best article on any subject written by a woman, for "The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking  Race, Gender, and McCarthyism"

    Washington University Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellow, Spring 2009

    Annual Faculty Award, Council of Students in Arts and Sciences, Washington University, 1996-1997

    Honorable Mention, 1995 New York State Historical Association Manuscript Award for "Prurient Interests: Anti-Obscenity Campaigns in New York City, 1909-1945"

    Research Grant in Women's Studies, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, 1990


    Historical Methods: How to do the History of Sexuality

    Gender and Sexuality in 1950s America (writing intensive seminar)

    Women, Gender and Sexuality in Postwar America

    Intro to GLBTQ Studies

    Rethinking the Second Wave: The History of U.S. Feminisms, 1960-1990

    Queer Histories

    Work in Progress

    The Clinton-Lewinsky Affair and the Remaking of American Politics (monograph-length work)

    Prurient Interests

    Prurient Interests

    Debate about what constitutes obscenity and how—if at all—it should be regulated has been at the center of the "culture wars" of the past two decades. While literature abounds on the contemporary politics of obscenity, there has been little inquiry into the historic origins of these issues. Focusing on New York City in the first half of the twentieth century, Andrea Friedman's Prurient Interests considers the ways in which the evolution of obscenity debates in decades past has significantly affected today's controversies. 

    Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent

    Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent

    In the wake of 9/11, many Americans have deplored the dangers to liberty posed by a growing surveillance state. In this book, Andrea Friedman moves beyond the standard security/liberty dichotomy, weaving together often forgotten episodes of early Cold War history to reveal how the obsession with national security enabled dissent and fostered new imaginings of democracy.