Department of History
Office: 007A Van Dyck Hall
B.A. University of Washington
M.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University
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.
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 currently at work on a book entitled Enter Sex: A History of Hermaphrodites in the Middle Ages, which examines distinctions of sex, sexuality, species, and “race” in medieval Europe. She is also the author of the award-winning book Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time (Columbia University Press, 2009). 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 co-editor (with Zeb Tortorici) of “Trans*historicities,” a forthcoming special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly.
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 photographer and video artist whose works explore queer and feminist histories. Her artwork has been featured at venues such as Station Independent Projects, 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 Artforum, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Feministing.com, New York Magazine, and Modern Painters, among other publications.