April Haynes

Associate Chair; Associate Professor of History



Office: 4119 Mosse Humanities
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April Haynes


I am the current chair of the Program in Gender and Women’s History.

I specialize in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the early United States (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.


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


Selected Publications

  • “Radical Hospitality and Political Intimacy in Grahamite Boardinghouses, 1830-1850,” Journal of the Early Republic (forthcoming: Fall 2019).
  • “‘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, 2017) 37-62.
  •  “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

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