Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

West Scholar Visits UT-Austin to Research 20th Century Sex History

Fri, November 15, 2019
West Scholar Visits UT-Austin to Research 20th Century Sex History

Last month, Clark Center staff met with West Scholar Alysha Crossan to discuss research that she conducted as a Visiting Scholar at UT-Austin. Crossan, a postgraduate student at the University of Auckland, was able to spend several weeks in Austin courtesy of the Steve and Susan West Visiting Scholarship in United States History. This scholarship is specifically designed to bring University of Auckland, postgraduate students with an interest in US history to the Forty Acres.  

Crossan spent several weeks at the Harry Ransom Center conducting research for her dissertation, which focuses on early-twentieth century sex research. Thanks to recent depictions in popular culture—like the film Kinsey and the television series Masters of Sex—many today are familiar with Alfred Kinsey’s mid-twentieth-century studies of sex and sexuality. However, few know that similar research was conducted decades earlier and that these studies prefigured Kinsey’s work in important ways. Crossan seeks to recover the identities and contributions of these researchers and assess their significance to the history sex research in the twentieth century.

The Clark Center looks forward to strengthening its ties with the University of Auckland and welcoming future West Scholars to campus.

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