Caroline Radesky, visiting assistant professor in the University of Iowa Department of History, received the Organization of American Historians' 2020 John D'Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award, the university noted.
The award is given annually for the best PhD dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history, and is named after John D'Emilio, a professor emeritus of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include gay and lesbian studies; the history of sexuality; social movements; and U.S. history after 1945.
Radesky completed her dissertation, "Feeling Historical: Same-Sex Desire and Historical Imaginaries, 1880—1920," at the University of Iowa, under the direction of Leslie Schwalm. The dissertation focuses on the ways that elite white individuals in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century took to justifying and glorifying their same-sex attractions by creating a particular kind of queer history.
More information is at now.uiowa.edu/2020/04/caroline-radesky-receives-2020-john-demilio-lgbtq-history-dissertation-award .