Catherine Jacquet

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.

Berg-Wallin Postdoctoral Fellow in History and American Studies

Old Main, 301
Telephone: 651-696-6098

Catherine Jacquet is the Berg-Wallin Postdoctoral Fellow in History and American Studies.  This year she is teaching courses in the history of sexuality and the history of trans*, gender non-conforming, and intersex experience.

Cat graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2012 with a PhD in history. While at UIC, Cat spent two years as project coordinator for, the premiere site for LGBTQ history on the web. She worked on remodeling and overhauling the site, which will re-launch in October 2013.

In addition to teaching courses at Mac this year, Cat is also working on a project with the National Library of Medicine. She is researching the history of forensic nursing and the intervention into domestic violence prevention.  Her research findings will be the basis for an exhibition at the NLM, which will launch in May 2015. 

Her book manuscript, Responding to Rape: Contesting the Meanings of Sexual Violence in the United States, 1950-1980, focuses on the extraordinary and unprecedented changes which occurred in the legal, medical, and social understandings and responses to sexual violence against women in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Largely driving these changes were civil rights and feminist activists who politicized rape as a defining force in the history of racist and sexist oppression. Responding to Rape disrupts traditional narratives of anti-rape activism that focus solely on one social movement’s response, and instead offers a nuanced analysis of the forces that shaped the decades-long debates and reinterpretations about the meaning of sexual violence in the US.

Cat has been an anti-violence activist for nearly a decade. As a feminist, anti-racist activist and scholar, she is committed to social justice and creating and maintaining safe spaces for all people, both inside the classroom and out.