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Rebecca L. Davis is the Miller Family Early Career Professor of History at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. She writes and teaches about marriage, sexuality, and religion in American culture. Davis is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, a Research Associate for the Council on Contemporary Families, and a producer of the Sexing History podcast. She lectures on a wide variety of topics related to religion, gender, and twentieth-century American politics and culture.


Davis received her Ph.D. in American history from Yale University, where she won the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for the best dissertation in American history. Her research has received support from Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion, where she was a postdoctoral fellow; the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation; the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Council on Library and Information Resources; and numerous other libraries and research institutions. She is a recipient of the 2011-2012 LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network. Davis lives in Swarthmore, PA with her spouse, two kids, and a cat who doesn't respect her personal space.

Readers may contact her at She tweets @historydavis. She is represented by Geri Thoma at Writers House.