BUFFALO, N.Y. – Susan K. Cahn, PhD, of Buffalo, professor
in the University at Buffalo Department of History, has been named
the William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at the Vanderbilt University
Robert Penn Warren Center for the 2013-14 academic year.
She is one of seven Warren Center fellows to participate in the
center’s annual year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar
whose theme this year is “Diagnosis in Context: Culture,
Politics and the Construction of Meaning.”
Cahn, a member of the UB history faculty since 1992, is known
for her publications on the history of women and sports, and
research in U.S. women's history, history of sexuality,
African-American history, southern history, feminist theory and
LGBQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Queer) studies. Her current
research is on the gendered history of mental illness with a focus
on borderline personality disorder.
Cahn, who will receive a $50,000 stipend from Vanderbilt, will
study the production of diagnoses, the various meanings ascribed to
them across time and place, and what they do for individuals and
communities trying to navigate the elusive boundaries between
health and disease.
Cahn is the author of “Sexual Reckonings: Southern Girls
in a Troubling Age” (2007) and of the critically
acclaimed monograph “Coming on Strong: Gender and
Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Sports” (1994),
which won the Best Book Award in the Sport History category from
the North American Society of Sports History.
She is the co-author, with Jean O’Reilly of
and Sports in the United States: A Documentary Reader”
(2011) and her most recent book, "Sexual Reckonings: Adolescent
Girlhood in the Modern South” (2012), explores how the
sexuality of white and African-American adolescent girls served as
a flashpoint in popular culture and state policy for intensely
political conflicts over race, class and gender relations in the