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CURRICULUM VITAE

Elizabeth Reis



ADDRESSES

Women’s and Gender Studies Home: 4827 Old Dillard Road

1298 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97405

Eugene, OR 97403 (541) 344-6298

(541) 346-5904 cell: (541) 543-5437

email: lzreis@uoregon.edu


EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, April 1991

Dissertation: Sinners, Witches and Conflicting Covenants in Puritan New England,

under the direction of Professor Robert Middlekauff

M.A. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1982

A.B. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1980

Awarded High Honors in History
EMPLOYMENT

Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Oregon,

September 2006-present. (Tenure awarded in the History Department).

Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Oregon,

2002-2006.

Adjunct professor, Departments of History and Women's Studies, University

of Oregon, 1990-2002.

Visiting Research Fellow, Center for the Study of American Religion, Princeton

University, 1994-1995.
BOOKS

Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England (Ithaca: Cornell

University Press, 1997; paper 1999).

Ed., Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America (Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly

Resources, Inc., 1998).

Ed., Dear Lizzie: Memoir of a Jewish Immigrant Woman (Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2000).

Ed., American Sexual Histories: Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural



History (London and Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2001).
RECENT FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Rippey Innovative Teaching Award for Women’s and Gender Studies 101 class, University of Oregon, 2008-2010.

Coleman-Guitteau Professor in the Humanities, University of Oregon, 2006-07.



Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Oregon, June 2004.

Humanities Research Center Fellowship, University of Oregon, Fall 2004.

Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Faculty Research

Support Grant, Summer 2004; Summer 1999.



The Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professor in the Humanities, 2002-2003.

American Sexual Histories, nominated for Susan Koppelman Award, Honoring

Feminist Anthologies, 2002.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Fellowship, 2000.

American Antiquarian Society Legacy Fellowship, Worcester, Mass., Summer 1999.

Lilly Teaching Fellow, awarded by the American Academy of Religion and the Lilly

Endowment, 1997-1998.

Visiting Research Fellow, Center for the Study of American Religion, Princeton

University, 1994-1995.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Fellowship, 1994.

Travel Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, 1991,

1992, 1996.

Teaching Award, Professor of the Month, awarded by University of Oregon Mortar

Board Society, April 1994.
ARTICLES

“Woman, Man, Neither? The Predicament of a World Class Runner,” History News Service (Sept. 2009) http://www.h-net.org/~hns/articles/2009/091509a.html

“Perfect or Perverted?: Hermaphroditism and Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century America,” Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 8:2 (January 2008), http://www.common-place.org/.

"Divergence or Disorder? The Politics of Naming Intersex," Perspectives in Biology



and Medicine 50:4 (Autumn 2007), 535-543.

"Hermaphrodites and Same-Sex Sex in Early America,” in Thomas Foster, ed., Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexualities in Early America (New York: New York University Press, 2007), 144-163.

“Revelation, Witchcraft, and the Danger of Knowing God’s Secrets,” in Catherine Brekus, ed. Women and American Religion (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2007), 73-90.

“Otherworldly Visions: Angels, Devils, and Gender in Puritan New England,” in

Alexandra Walsham and Peter Marshall, eds., Angels in the Early

Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 282-96.

“Impossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620-1960” Journal of American



History 92 (September 2005), 411-41.

“Teaching Transgender History, Identity, and Politics,” in Radical History Review

(Winter 2004), 166-77.

“Hermaphrodites in Early America” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Sex, Courtship, and Sexuality Throughout History: Volume Three (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006).

“Hermaphrodites in Nineteenth-Century America” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Sex, Courtship, and Sexuality Throughout History: Volume Four (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006).

“Salem Witch Trials,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (New York:

Oxford University Press, 2006).

Guest Editor of Special Issue on Witchcraft, Organization of American Historians,



Magazine of History 17 (July 2003).

"Immortal Messengers: Angels, Gender and Power in Early America," in Andrew

Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, Mortal Remains: Explaining Death in Early

America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002).

“The Trouble with Angels," Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American



Life (April, 2001), http://www.common-place.org/.

“African American Vision Stories” and “Puritan Conversion Narratives” in Colleen

McDannell, ed., Religions of the United States in Practice (Princeton: Princeton

University Press, 2001).

“Witchcraft” and “Salem Witchcraft Trials” in Ronald Gottesman, ed., Encyclopedia of

Violence in the United States (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2000).

"Witchcraft," in Robert Wuthnow, ed., Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, 2 vols.

(Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Books, 1998), I: 791-93.

"The Devil, the Body, and the Feminine Soul in Puritan New England," The Journal of



American History 82 (June 1995), 15-36.

reprinted in Elaine G. Breslaw, ed. Witches of the Atlantic World: An Historical



Reader and Primary Sourcebook (New York: NYU Press, 2000)

reprinted in Stanley Katz, John Murrin, and Douglas Greenberg, eds., Colonial



America: Essays in Politics and Social Development, 5th edition (NY:

McGraw Hill College Division, 2001).

"The Underside of Covenant Theology: Sinners and Witches in Early New England,"

Essex Institute Historical Collections, 129 (January 1993), 103-118.

"Cannery Row: The AFL, IWW, and the Bay Area Italian Cannery Workers,"



California History, 64 (Summer 1985), 175-191. 1985 Winner of the

California Historical Society's Alice J. Clark Essay Contest and 1984 Winner

of the American-Italian Historical Association's Leonard Covello Prize.
CONFERENCE AND INVITED PAPERS

Invited lectures on Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex at Yale University, Harvard University, Boston University, New York Academy of Medicine, Fall 2009.

“Surgeries in Search of Disorders: Intersex and Circumcision in American History,”

New York University, New York, September 2009.

“Why History Matters: The Politics of Naming Intersex,” Medical Anthropology

Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., September 2009.

“What’s in a Name? History, Medicine, and Intersex,” Critical Sexology Seminar, London, England, September, 2008.

Session Chair, “Somaticizing Identity,” at TransSomatechnics Conference: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., May, 2008.

"Impossible Hermaphrodites," Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 2007.

"Sex, Intersex, and the Body," Organization of American Historians Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2007.

“Sex and Intersex,” Women’s and Gender Studies Program and History Department,

University of Miami, April, 2006.

Commented on session at Social Science History Conference, Portland, Oregon, about

Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity

by Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, April, 2006.

“Impossible Hermaphrodites,” Oregon State University, Sexuality Series, January 2006.

“Deceit and Desire: Doctors’ Dilemmas with Nineteenth-Century Hermaphrodites,”

American Association of the History of Medicine, Madison, WI, May 2004.

“Hermaphrodites and Desire in Nineteenth-Century America,” Kinsey Conference on

Women’s Sexualities, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2003.

Invited participant, Women and American Religion: Reimagining the Past conference,

University of Chicago Divinity School, October 2003. Paper title: “Revelation,

Witchcraft, and the Danger of Knowing God’s Secrets”

“Hermaphroditic Impostors: Intersexuality in Nineteenth-Century America,” Western

Association of Women Historians, Berkeley, June 2003.

Session chair, “Crossing Racial Boundaries: Linguistic and Sexual Frontiers in Early

America,” American Historical Association, San Francisco, January 2002.

Invited commentator, Conference on Sexuality in Early America, sponsored by the

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the

Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, June 2001.

Invited participant, The Worlds of John Winthrop: England and New England, 1588-1649 conference, sponsored by Millersville University, Indiana University of

Pennsylvania, The Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Omohundro

Institute of Early American History and Culture, September1999: “New

England: World of Wonders and Witches."

"Angels and Affliction in America," presented at the Berkshire Conference on the

History of Women, Rochester, NY, June 1999.

"Devils, Angels, and Women's Confessions of Sin in Early America," presented at the

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 1997 and the

American Historical Association Convention, January 1998.

"Satan Dispossessed: Women and the Devil in Littleton, Massachusetts, 1728,"

presented at the 2nd annual Institute of Early American History and Culture

conference, June 1996.

"Depravity, Sin, and the Devil: Gender and the Meanings of Confession in Puritan New England," presented at the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies,

March 1995 and the New England Historical Association meetings, April 1995.

Invited participant, Tercentenary Commemoration of the Salem Witchcraft Trials,

Salem, Massachusetts, June 1992: "The Underside of Covenant Theology:

Sinners and Witches in Early New England."

Invited participant, Puritanism in Old and New England conference, sponsored by

Millersville University, The Massachusetts Historical Society, and The

Institute of Early American History and Culture, April 1991: "The Devil, the

Body, and the Feminine Soul in Puritan New England."

"Possession and the Feminine Soul in Puritan New England," Paper presented at the

Western Association of Women Historians conference, May 1990.

"'How Far Have You Complied With Satan?': Sinners, Witches, and the Devil in Puritan New England," Paper presented at the American Historical Association

Convention, December 1988.
BOOK REVIEWS

Katrina Karkazis, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience, in American Journal of Bioethics (June, 2009), 105-106.

Teri L. Snyder, Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia, in William and Mary Quarterly (April, 2004), 359-61.

Richard Godbeer, Sexual Revolution in Early America, in New England Journal of History (forthcoming).

Martha Saxton, Being Good: Women’s Moral Values in Early America, in American Historical Review 109 (February, 2004), 185-86

Ava Kahn, ed., Jews in the American West, Journal of Jewish History (Sept. 2002).

Lisa Duggan, Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence, and American Modernity, in Sexualities 5 (June 2002), 252-53.

Janet Moore Lindman and Michele Lise Tarter, eds., A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America, in Journal of the Early Republic (Summer 2002), 297-99.

Erik Seeman, Pious Persuasions: Laity and Clergy in Eighteenth-Century New England, in Journal of American History (September 2001).

Ann Taves, Fits, Trances, and Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James, in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 30 (September 2001), 703-05.

Elaine Forman Crane, Ebb Tide in New England: Women, Seaports, and Social Change, 1630-1800, in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography (Fall 2001).

Rebecca Larson, Daughters of Light: Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies and Abroad, 1700-1775, in Journal of American History 87 (June 2000), 27.

Lisa Wilson, Ye Heart of a Man: The Domestic Life of Men in Colonial New England, in American Historical Review (April 2000), 537-38.

Bryan LeBeau, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials: “We Walked in Clouds and Could Not See Our Way,” in The William and Mary Quarterly 56 (January 1999), 205-8.

Peter Hoffer, The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Legal History, in Journal of American History 85 (September 1998), 652-54.

Linda Kerber, Toward an Intellectual History of Women, in Women’s Review of Books 15 (March 1998), 19-21.

Robert Fuller, Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession, in Journal of American History 84 (June 1997), 195-97.

Cedric Cowan, The Saving Remnant: Religion and the Settling of New England, in Journal of American History 83 (December 1996), 1000-1002.

Bernard Rosenthal, Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692, in Journal of American History 81 (March 1995), 1674.


TEACHING FIELDS

Women's and Gender Studies, U.S. Women's History, History of Sexuality, Women and Religion, Early America


COURSES TAUGHT

U.S. Women’s History Survey (2 quarter sequence, 1600 to the present)

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Feminist Theory

Feminist Research Issues

Sex and Medical Ethics (colonial period to present)

Theorizing Marriage (colonial period to present)

Religion and Sexuality in American History (colonial period to present)

Women and Religion in the U.S. (colonial period to present)

History of Sexuality in America (colonial period to present)

Women and Witchcraft in America (colonial period to present)

Transgender History, Identity, and Politics

Colonial and Revolutionary America
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Departmental and university committees, including the Women's and Gender Studies Program Committee, the UO Scholastic Review Committee (2006-07; chair 2007- 2010), UO Undergraduate Council (2007-2010), Humanities Center faculty advisory board (2007-2009); Center for the Study of Women in Society grant committee (2009); LGBT Standing Committee (2006-08), Faculty Liaison for the Foreign Studies Program Committee for the Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Program in the Netherlands.


National Endowment for the Humanities, Evaluator for Summer Stipends, 2007.

Conference Committee, Society for the History of the Early Republic (SHEAR), 2008.

North American Section Editor on the History of Women and Gender, History

Compass, on-line, peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing

(www.history-compass.com) 2002-2007; editorial committee, 2007-present.

Fellowship Prize Committee, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and

Culture, 2004-2005.

Prize Committee for Best Article, Church History, 1999-2002

Book reviews, article and manuscript referee reports, Journal of American History,



William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of Women's History, American Historical

Review, Women's Review of Books, Sexualities, Journal of Jewish History, New

England Quarterly, Oxford University Press, Cornell University Press, Cambria Press, Red Line Publishing, Duke University Press

Professional Organizations: Organization of American Historians, American Historical

Association, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture,

American Studies Association, American Academy of Religion, Western

Association of Women Historians, American Association for the History of Medicine, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Community Member of Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, Eugene, Oregon, 2009-present

RECENT COMMUNITY LECTURES AND MEDIA APPEARANCES

“The Other Salem,” Mission Mill Museum, Salem, OR, October 2008.

"What's a Witch to do in 1692?" Redmond Public Library, October 2007.

“The History of Intersex in America,” Mother Kali’s Bookstore, Eugene, July 2006.

Panel Moderator, “The Gender Evolution: Being Transgendered,” University of

Oregon, October, 2001.

Invited Convocation address, “Witchcraft and Witch-hunting at the Other Salem,”

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 1999.

“Lewinsky and Clinton: Modern-Day Witch-hunt?,” essay on KLCC, Eugene, Oregon.

NPR affiliate, 1998.

Feature interview on angels in America for Talking History, syndicated National Public

Radio program, June 2001.



Feature interview on Salem witchcraft for Talking History, syndicated National Public

Radio program, October 1998.

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