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The recipient of a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I am the Miller Family Endowed Early Career Professor of History at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. I write and teach about marriage, sexuality, and religion in American culture. I am 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. I lecture on a wide variety of topics related to religion, gender, and twentieth-century American politics and culture.


I received my Ph.D. in American history from Yale University, where I won the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for the best dissertation in American history. My research has received support from Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion, where I held a postdoctoral fellowship; 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. In 2012 I was honored to recieve the LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network. 


I live in Swarthmore, PA with my spouse and two kids.

Readers may contact me at rldavis@udel.edu. I am represented by Amy Berkower at Writers House.