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Laura  Ansley

ABD History

Advisor: Leisa Meyer
Current Research: Women's and gender history, history of sexuality, history of childhood
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Laura M. Ansley is a Ph.D. candidate who focuses on gender, sexuality, and cultural history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is working on a dissertation that examines sex education in the United States from 1890-1930. She received her M.A. from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a thesis entitled "The Changing Girl: Sex Education and Prescriptions of White Girlhood," which examines sex education books written for girls and young women from the mid-1890s through 1920. In March 2013, she passed comprehensive exams in four fields: colonial, nineteenth, and twentieth century American history and the history of the British Empire. While at William and Mary, she has taught modern United States history and teaches for the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) in their Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History.

Laura received her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in history and American studies in 2010, earning honors in history and graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. During her undergraduate years, she participated in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's History Scholars program in 2008, presented at the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, and wrote a senior thesis and honors thesis on the gendering of heroines and heroes in nineteenth-century western dime novels. Laura calls Cleveland, OH home, and she is still learning to appreciate a winter without much snow and a summer without Cleveland Indians baseball.