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Rebecca L. Davis is an associate professor of history and of women and gender studies at the University of Delaware. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Program in Jewish Studies. A scholar of marriage, sexuality, and religion in American culture, she also teaches courses in immigration and ethnicity in the United States. Davis is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and 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.

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