University of Wisconsin–Madison

April Haynes

Assistant Professor of History

april.haynes@wisc.edu

608.263.1823

Office: 4119 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4018 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays 1:00-2:00

April Haynes


Biography

I specialize in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the early American republic (1790-1860).

My first book, Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America (University of Chicago Press, 2015), focused on intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in women’s activism and feminist thought between 1830 and 1860.

My current research project, Tender Traffic: Intimate Labors in the Early American Republic, examines domestic labor and sex work during the period of gradual slave emancipation in northern states.

Education

Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara: Doctoral Emphasis, Feminist Studies
M.A., History, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., History and Women’s Studies, San Francisco State University

Books

Selected Publications

  • “‘Sex-Ins, College-Style’: Black Feminism and Sexual Politics in the Student YWCA, 1968-1980,” in Women’s Activism and ‘Second-Wave’ Feminism: Transnational Histories, ed. Barbara Molony and Jennifer Nelson (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
  •  “The Trials of Frederick Hollick: Obscenity, Sex Education, and Medical Democracy in the Antebellum United States,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, Volume 12: Number 4 (October 2003), pp. 543-574.

Selected Awards

  • James F. Broussard best first book prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2016.  View Interview

History Courses Taught