Julia Haager

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 212
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00, 2:00-3:00, or by appt
Phone: 843.953.1420
E-mail: haagerjb@cofc.edu

Julia B. Haager’s research explores how members of the eugenics movement shaped sex education in US public schools during the first five decades of the twentieth century. A portion of her dissertation, “Teaching Responsible Reproduction,” has appeared in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and she is currently preparing a book manuscript based on that project. She serves as managing editor of the “Public History” series of the website Clio and the Contemporary and worked previously as managing editor of the “Surviving Grad School Series” at Clio and the Contemporary and as managing editor of the Journal of Women’s History. Her second book project, co-authored with Sean G. Massey, explores AIDs service organizations and public health work in NYC and is based on more than sixty oral history interviews conducted with leaders, staff, and volunteers from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis center during AIDs epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s.


PhD, History, SUNY Binghamton, 2022.
MA, History, SUNY Binghamton, 2015.
MA, Educational Foundations, Cal State Los Angeles, 2011.
BA, Seattle Pacific University, 2007.

Research Interests

Public History

Twentieth Century US History

Race and Ethnicity

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Courses Taught

United States Since 1865

Immigration and Ethnicity

Introduction to Public History

Honors and Awards

SUNY Chancellor’s Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipient, Finalist, 2022.

SUNY Binghamton Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipient, 2022.

Graduate Student Essay Award, Society for the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), 2019.

American Dissertation Award, American Association of University Women (AAUW), 2018-2019.

Public Humanities Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studied in the Humanities (IASH) and Humanities New York (sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), 2018-2019.

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, SUNY Binghamton, 2017-2018.


Review of Sexual Violence Against Children in Britain Since 1965, by Nicholas Basannavar (2021). Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (forthcoming, 2023).

“Sex Education’s Many Sides: How it Moved into New York City's Public Schools, 1900-1920,”
Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 21, no. 2 (April 2022): 74-92.

“Shirley Chisholm and Black Feminist Politics,” Women Who Changed the World ed. Candice
Goucher Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, January 2022.

“Marriage and the Modern American Family: Preserving the Heterosexual Family and Pursuing
Marital Bliss,” review of More Perfect Unions by Rebecca L. Davis (2010) and Radical Relations by Daniel Winunwe Rivers (2013), Essays in History 51 (University of Virginia Press, 2018).

Review of Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile
Reformatory by Karen Lorene Zipf (2016). Southern Historian, 40 (Spring 2019).