Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in US History


Phone: +61 2 9036 9208

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 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 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.

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 also published on rock music in the 1970s and on boxing in Australia and the Philippines.

Rebecca teaches the undergraduate unit Sex, Race and Rock in the USA and coordinates the American Studies Honours program.