Dr. Jennifer Evans*

Professor Evans is the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships including the American Historical Association Scholarship for Research in Europe, Asia or Africa for her project “The Rape of German Women, 1945-1949,” the German Historical Institute Dissertation Fellowship for her project “Fraternization in Postwar Berlin,” and the Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Advanced Study in German and European History for her work on “Sexual Morality in Postwar Germany.” She researched the attitudes of postwar East and West Germans toward sexual deviance for her dissertation “Reconstruction Sites: Sexuality, Citizenship, and the Limits of National Belonging in Postwar Berlin, 1944-1958.” She explored two themes: the continuation of state intervention into the private sexual realm as well as the influence of the Nazi socio-biological notion of the family ideal on national identity formation. Professor Evans has published articles in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Canadian Journal of History, International Labor and Working Class History, and the German Studies Review. At Carleton University she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses including The Holocaust in History, War and Society, Sex and Sexuality in Modern Europe, Hitler’s Racial State, and The Social History of Sexuality, among several others.

During her fellowship at the Museum, Professor Evans built upon her dissertation and explored Nazi policies and legislation from the early 1940’s. She compared police records from this time to those of subsequent years in order to illuminate the ways in which the control of sexual behavior changed hands from the Nazi-era on to the occupied and then divided German states in the 1970’s.

Dr. Joseph Fischel

Joseph Fischel is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. He received his PhD from the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago in 2011, and spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. His research interests are in normative political theory, feminist and queer studies, public law, and the legal regulation of sex/gender/sexuality. He is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first, titled Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent, interrogates how the figures of the child and the sex offender, and figurations of consent, organize contemporary understandings of sexual harm and freedom in the United States. The second, tentatively titled Selling Sex (and Justice) in Orleans Parish, examines the political campaign to declassify sex work as sex offense in Louisiana from multiple perspectives: ethnographic, queer theoretic, race critical, and sociolegal. He has articles published in several journals, including differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Law Culture and the Humanities, the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and on the website The Feminist Wire. In 2012, he received the Julien Mezey Dissertation Award from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. He is a committed fan of yoga, beaches, and mediocre legal television series.