Catherine P. Batza

Old Main, Room 311
FAX: 651-696-6498

Office Hours
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Katie Batza comes to Macalester as a Visiting Assistant Professor of American history. She received her doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also earned graduate concentrations in Gender and Women's Studies and in Work, Race, Gender, and the Urban World. She teaches courses on gender, women's history, urban history, history of sexuality, post-WWII history, the 1970s, and oral history.

Batza's work uncovers gay and lesbian health activism that began a full decade before the AIDS epidemic and places it within the larger social, medical, and political context of the United States in the 1970s. Her book, Before AIDS: The Politics of Health, Sexuality, and Oppression in the 1970s reveals the ways in which the state, anti-gentrification activism, Black Nationalism, the student movement, and the feminist movement each played a central, if often unintended role in changing the medical and social construction of sexuality during this period.