Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History


Phone: +61 2 9036 9208

Expertise: Rock music history, women in popular culture, history of social movements in the US, cultural politics in the US including race, gender, religion and sexuality

Rebecca joined the United States Studies Centre as Lecturer in US History in September 2010. Prior to that she was one of the US Studies Centre’s first postdoctoral fellows cohort.

Rebecca Sheehan received her PhD in United States history from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her MA in history from USC, and a BA from the University of New South Wales with first-class honours in history and a major in literature and linguistics. Rebecca spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA, served on the Executive Council of the American Studies Association, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Law, Humanities, and Culture at USC.

Rebecca has published on rock music in the 1970s and on boxing in Australia and the Philippines. She is currently working on a book manuscript. "American Redemption: Sex, Rock, and Religion, 1968-1983" argues that in the long 1970s a new sexual order was forged through the interactions of sexual liberation, popular music, evangelical religion, and market forces. Even as women enjoyed greater freedoms and homosexuality became more visible, permissive sexuality was mitigated by traditional Christian morality. It was in the 1970s that the battle lines were drawn for the culture wars fought ever since over issues including abortion, gay rights, and the ongoing sexual double standard.