Andrea Friedman

Andrea Friedman

Professor of History and of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA
MA/JD Programs Director
Professor Emeritus of the Department of History
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, The Ohio State University
BA, The Ohio State University

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Professor Friedman is a historian of gender and sexuality with a focus on the modern United States. Her courses span US women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, feminist politics, and queer and sexuality studies.



Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent (University of Massachusetts Press. 2015)

Prurient Interests Gender, Democracy, and Obscenity in New York City, 1909-1945 (Columbia University Press, 2000)


Professor Friedman is not accepting new graduate students.

Selected Publications


"The Empire at Home: Radical Pacifism and Puerto Rico in the 1950s," in Howard Brick and Gregory Parker, eds., A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement and Its Times (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming, 2015)

"Ruth Reynolds and the Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence," MaComere (The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars) 12, 2 (2010): 95-103

"The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism," Journal of American History 94, 2 (2007): 44-68

"The Smearing of Joe McCarthy: The Lavender Scare, Gossip, and Cold War Politics," American Quarterly 57, 4 (2005): 1105-29

"Sadists and Sissies: Anti-pornography Campaigns in Cold War America," Gender and History 15, 2 (2003): 213-239

Contributor to "Forum: Gender and Nation in Post-war Visual Culture," Gender and History 15, 2 (2003): 179-90

"'The Habits of Sex-Crazed Perverts': Campaigns Against Burlesque in Depression-Era New York City," Journal of the History of Sexuality 7, 2 (1996): 203-238


James M. Holobaugh Award (for service to the LGBTQIA community), 2012

Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University, 2010-2011

2007 Berkshire Conference Article Prize for best article on any subject written by a woman, for "The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking  Race, Gender, and McCarthyism"

Washington University Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellow, Spring 2009

Annual Faculty Award, Council of Students in Arts and Sciences, Washington University, 1996-1997

Honorable Mention, 1995 New York State Historical Association Manuscript Award for "Prurient Interests: Anti-Obscenity Campaigns in New York City, 1909-1945"

Research Grant in Women's Studies, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, 1990


Historical Methods: How to do the History of Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality in 1950s America (writing intensive seminar)

Women, Gender and Sexuality in Postwar America

Intro to GLBTQ Studies

Rethinking the Second Wave: The History of U.S. Feminisms, 1960-1990

Queer Histories

Work in Progress

The Clinton-Lewinsky Affair and the Remaking of American Politics (monograph-length work)