William Kuby studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States history, with
research and teaching focuses in the history of marriage and family, the history of
sexuality, cultural history, legal history, African American history, and queer history.
He has published work in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Journal of American Culture, and History: Reviews of New Books, and he contributed an essay to the recently published volume, Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times (ed. McEuen and Appleton, University of Georgia Press). He is currently at work on
a book manuscript, tentatively titled Conjugal Misconduct: Forbidden Love and Marriage Law in the Twentieth-Century United
States. This project explores a broad range of controversial and legally ambiguous marital
practices, as well as the widespread cultural and legal backlash they generated.
Gender, Sex, and Society
United States History since 1865
Modern African American History
Sexuality in Modern America
Race, Ethnicity, and Class in the United States, 1890-1930
Modern U.S. History through Fiction and Film
Faculty Development Grant, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2014
Schlesinger Library Dissertation Support Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Harvard University, 2009
“Till Disinterest Do Us Part: Trial Marriage, Public Policy, and the Fear of Familial
Decay in the United States, 1900-1930." Journal of the History of Sexuality 23, No. 3 (2014): 383-414.
“Mary Jane Warfield Clay: Wifely Devotion, Divorce, and Rebirth in Nineteenth-Century
Kentucky." In Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times, edited by Melissa A. McEuen and Thomas H. Appleton Jr.: 59-80. Athens: University
of Georgia Press, 2015.
Conference & Presentation Highlights
“‘No One Need Be Ashamed to Patronize Me’: Matrimonial Bureaus and Rural Southern
Courtship,” Southern Association for Women Historians Triennial Conference, Charleston,
“I Am My Own Stepfather: Stepparent-Stepchild Marriage in American Law and Media,
1890-1920,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Saint Louis, April
“‘Repugnant to Our Public Policy’: The Legal Backlash against Underage Trial Marriage,
1900-1930,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, May 2014
“Joined in Healthy Matrimony: The Price of United States Eugenic Marriage Laws,”
16th Annual Women’s History Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, March 2014
“Nothing Personal: Matrimonial Advertisements and the Mass Marketing of Romance, 1900-1920,”
Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Houston, March 2011
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History
Southern Association for Women Historians
Law and Society Association
UTC closing early: 4pm, Tuesday, Feb. 9
Due to the threat of icy road conditions, UTC closed at 4 p.m. All night classes and evening activities are cancelled.