Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Portrait
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of History
  • Email: leah.devun@rutgers.edu
  • Tel: : 848-932-8535
  • Office: 007A Van Dyck Hall






B.A. University of Washington
M.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University

Research Interests
Medieval and early modern history; European History; Gender, Sex, and Sexuality; History of Science and Medicine; Critical Animal Studies; Visual Studies; Contemporary Queer, Feminist, and Transgender Studies; Contemporary Art and Photography.

Biographical Notes

Leah DeVun is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she teaches women’s and gender history, medieval and Renaissance history, and contemporary feminist and queer studies. She is author of the forthcoming book The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance (Columbia UP, 2020), which examines the history of nonbinary models of sex and gender from the ancient world to the fifteenth century. She is also co-editor (with Zeb Tortorici) of “Trans*historicities,” a special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke, 2018) on transgender identity and practice before the advent of modern conceptions of sex and gender. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), Osiris, ASAP/Journal, and Journal of the History of Sexuality. She is also author of the award-winning book, Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time (Columbia UP, 2009).

She has received grants and residential fellowships from the National Science Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, the Huntington Library, and the Stanford Humanities Center. At Rutgers, she teaches courses such as The History of the Body, Queer History, Readings in Women’s and Gender History, and The Body and Society.

DeVun is also a visual artist whose works explore queer and feminist histories. Her artwork has been featured at venues such as the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum at the University of Southern California, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Green Gallery at Yale University, the Houston Center for Photography, the Contemporary Austin, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Her work has been profiled in People Magazine, Artforum, Huffington Post, Slate, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, and Modern Painters, among other publications.

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