Ezra Gerard

Email: egerard2@wisc.edu

Advisor: Mary Lou Roberts

Ezra Gerard


My research centers on the history of sexology in Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My dissertation focuses on the role of childhood narratives in the construction of queer subjectivities in the context of sexological texts and homosexual emancipation literature. I am particularly interested in how memory shapes the construction of identity. Other areas of interest include the role of evolutionary theory and eugenics in the development of sexology and transgender history.


M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (History)


  • European History
  • Gender and Women’s History

MA Title

  • “Dissonant Desires: Class and the Construction of Male Homosexuality in Fin-de-Siecle Sexology”


  • DAAD Long Term Research Grant
  • Dissertation Travel Award, UW Madison
  • George L. Mosse Fellowship in LGBT History

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 346 – Transgender History
  • History 392 – Women and Gender in Modern Europe