Sharon Block

Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1995, History

Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1990, History

Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521

University of California, Irvine
320 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697

computational data mining, digital humanities, rape, history of sexuality, gender, race, African American history, history of the body, colonial America, Native American history
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching (2003)
Phi Beta Kappa
Appointments Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Iowa

NEH and Postdoctoral Fellow, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary
Publications Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
  "Defining Sexes, Desire and Heterosexuality in Colonial British America," Heterosexual Histories edited by Rebecca Davis and Michele Mitchell, forthcoming.
  "Confronting Archives, Violence, and Silence in Early American Women’s History," Journal of Women's History, forthcoming.
  “Sexual Violence in American History,” Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa Materson, eds. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017).
  “Early American Bodies: Race, Sex and Beauty,” Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, ed. Jim Downs, Jennifer Brier and Jennifer L. Morgan (University of Illinois Press, 2016).
  "Making Meaningful Bodies: Physical Appearance in Colonial Writings,” Early American Studies (November 2014).
  Major Problems in American Women's History, ed. Sharon Block, Ruth Alexander and Mary Beth Norton (Cengage, 2013).
  "Taking Over or Just Undertaking?: A Quantitative Overview of American Women’s History,” Major Problems in American Women's History (Cengage, 2013), 18-23.
  “What, Where, When and Sometimes Why: Data Mining Women’s History Abstracts, 1985-2005,” Journal of Women’s History, 23:1 (Spring 2011), 81-109 [with David Newman].
  “Probabilistic Topic Decomposition of an Eighteenth-century Newspaper,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Winter 2005/2006) [Co-written with David J. Newman].
  “Rape in the American Revolution: Process, Aftermath, and Public Recreation,” Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights, ed. Lisa Heineman, (University of Pennsylvania Press, Human Rights Series, 2011), 25-38.
  Rape and Sexual Power in Early America (OIEAHC Imprint, University of North Carolina Press, 2006).
  "Bringing Rapes to Court: Women’s Courage, Secrets, and Social Decisions," Common-place: the Interactive Journal of Early American Life 3:3 (April 2003).
  "Rape without Women: Print Culture and the Politicization of Rape, 1765–1815" Journal of American History 89 (Dec 2002).
  “Clio in Search of Eros: Redefining Sexualities in Early America,” William and Mary Quarterly 60:1 (January 2003), 5-12. [Co-written with Kathleen Brown]
  "Early American Sexuality: Race, Colonialism, Power and Culture", Radical History Review 82 (Winter 2002).
  “Rape and Race in Colonial American Newspapers, 1728-1776,” Journalism History 27:4 (Winter 2001-2002), 146-155.
  "Lines of Color, Sex, and Service: Comparative Sexual Coercion in Early America" in Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History edited by Martha Hodes. New York: New York University Press, 1998.
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