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Sarah Potter

Assistant Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

[Sarah Potter]
Office: 111 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.1713
Fax: 901.678.2720
Education: Ph.D., History, University of Chicago, 2008
CV: (pdf)

Fields of interest

Women, gender, and sexuality; history of family and childhood; social work history and the history of adoption; race and racialization; 20th-century US history. I am currently working on a new research project on the politics of adultery in the United States in the twentieth century.

Courses taught

US history since 1877; History of American Family; History of American Childhood; Reproductive Rights Movement in the US; US Historiography since 1877; History of Sexuality in the US

Representative publications

  • Everybody Else: Adoption and the Politics of Domestic Diversity in Postwar America (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2014) (forthcoming)
  • “Family Ideals: The Diverse Meanings of Residential Space in Chicago during the Baby Boom,” in “Beyond White Flight: Suburban Diversity in Postwar America,” Special Issue, Journal of Urban History, eds. Matthew Lassiter and Christopher Niedt (Spring 2013)
  • “‘Undesirable Relations’: Same-sex Relationships and the Meaning of Sexual Desire at a Women’s Reformatory during the Progressive Era,” Feminist Studies 30, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 394-41

Conference papers

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