Dr Rebecca Sheehan

Honorary Associate

Rebecca Sheehan is an Honorary Associate at the US Studies Centre and Program Director of Gender Studies and Lecturer in the Sociology of Gender at Macquarie University. Sheehan joined the Centre as Lecturer in US History in September 2010. Prior to this, she was one of the Centre’s first Postdoctoral Fellows cohort.

Sheehan received her PhD in United States history from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her MA in history from USC, and a BA from the University of New South Wales, with first-class honours in history and a major in literature and linguistics. Sheehan spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA, served on the Executive Council of the American Studies Association, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Law, Humanities, and Culture at USC.

Her forthcoming book, Rise of the Superwoman: How Sex Remade Gender in America’s Long 1970s, is under contract with Harvard University Press. She has also published on rock music in the 1970s and on boxing in Australia and the Philippines.

Expertise: US women’s history, feminist history, history of gender and sexuality, history of social movements in the US, cultural politics including race, gender, religion and sexuality

Areas of expertise

  • Gender, race and religion