Dr Rebecca Sheehan

USSC Visiting Fellow & Program Director of Gender Studies at Macquarie University


Expertise: US women’s history, feminist history, history of gender and sexuality, history of social movements in the US, cultural politics including race, gender, religion and sexuality

Rebecca Sheehan is a Visiting Fellow at the USSC and Program Director of Gender Studies and Lecturer in the Sociology of Gender at Macquarie University. From 2009-2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow and then Lecturer in US History at the USSC, during which time she established the undergraduate unit “Sex, Race and Rock in the USA” and was a 2016 recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

Rebecca received her PhD and MA in United States history with a Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her forthcoming book, Rise of the Superwoman: How Sex Remade Gender in America’s Long 1970s, is under contract with Harvard University Press. She has published academic articles on Germaine Greer’s US reception, rock music in the 1970s, and on boxing in Australia and the Philippines.