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Julia DevinEducation:
ABD, 2016.
M.A. History, Binghamton University, 2015.
M.A., Educational Foundations, California State University, 2011.
B.A., History, with a minor in English Literature, Seattle Pacific University, 2007.



Modern US: Women, Gender and Sexuality and History of Education


Julia Devin

Advisor: Professor Leigh Ann Wheeler

My dissertation research examines public school sex education programs in the first three decades of the twentieth century. By connecting sex education to larger efforts to restrict women’s reproduction, my research deepens our understanding of why early public school sex education abandoned moral topics central to home-based sex education and instead focused exclusively on reproduction and human heredity. Given that the transition from home-based to public school sex education took place amid debates about racial “fitness” and eugenic sterilization, I ask what role concurrent concerns about citizenship and reproduction played in the production and implementation of science-based sex education. I grew up in Los Angeles, California and received a B.A. in History from Seattle Pacific University (2007), an M.A. in Educational Foundations from California State University Los Angeles (2011), and an M.A. in History from Binghamton University in (2015). My teaching interests include the history of education, immigration and ethnicity, and race and reproduction in America.

Dissertation Title:

"Teaching Responsible Reproduction: The Sex Education Movement, Public Schools, and Eugenics, 1900-1930"

Courses Taught:

HIST 264: Immigration and Ethnicity in America

Conferences and Invited Lectures:

“Training to Teach Reproduction as Science: New York City’s Sex Education and Eugenic Movements in the 1920s,” 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, June 1-4, 2017.

“‘War is the Health of the State’: World War I, Prostitution, and Sex Education, invited guest lecture, American Women and War, Binghamton University, October 27, 2016.

“Teaching Reproductive Responsibility: New York City’s Sex-Education Movement and Eugenics in the 1920s,” “Is Hegemony Dead?” The 8th Graduate Conference, hosted by the Future Professoriate Program and Department of History at Syracuse University, April, 29, 2016.

“‘New York has Gone Daft on the Subject of Examinations’: Public School Centralization, Standardization, and Girls Education, 1897-1906,” Binghamton University Brown Bag Luncheon Series, December 6, 2014.

“1932 Election: The Virtuous Savior and Tough-Minded Common Man,” the 21st Annual California State University Los Angeles Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, February 22, 2013.

Grants and Awards:

Wheeler-Nieman Research Award for the Study of the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Binghamton University, 2016.

Outstanding Graduate Student, California State University Los Angeles Department of History, 2012-2013.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Binghamton University, 2013-2016

Professional Experience:

Managing Editor, Journal of Women’s History, May 2016-present.

Book Review Assistant, Journal of Women’s History, November 2014-May 2016.

Teaching Online Certification, Center for Learning and Teaching, Binghamton University, January 2016-May 2016.

Women’s History Month Special Features Editor, Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry, California State University Los Angeles, 2012.

Archival Research Assistant, “Mendez v. Westminster, CA: Socio-Economic Parameter and Access to Education,” funded research project led by Dr. Jennifer McCormick at California State University Los Angeles, 2011-2012.


“1932 Election: The Virtuous Savior and Tough Minded Common Man,” Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry (CSULA) 40 (Spring 2013): 1-24.

“Championing a Cause: Toward a Comprehensive History at CSULA,” special feature co-authored with Brittany Boykin, Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry (CSULA) 40 (Spring 2013): 153-160.

“Book Review: The Whites of their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History (2010), Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry (CSULA) 40 (Spring 2013): 164.


Last Updated: 11/3/16