Josh Cerretti, PhD

(he), Associate Professor


University at Buffalo

            Ph.D., 2014  Global Gender Studies, Department of Transnational Studies

UN-mandated University for Peace

            M.A., 2007  Gender & Peacebuilding

Trinity College (Hartford, CT)

            B.A., 2006   Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Research Interests

  • Sexuality, race, and gender in modern U.S. history.

Current Courses

Fall 2023: US Women's History (HIST 555) and AIDS in America (WGSS 450)

Winter 2024: LGBTQ+ History in the US (HIST 265) and Feminist and Queer Methodologies (WGSS 350)

Spring 2024: Intro to WGSS (WGSS 211) and History of Sexuality in the US (HIST/WGSS 365)

Selected Publications


2019    Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States  (University of Nebraska Press)

Peer Reviewed Articles

2023    "Vagrancy and Sex Work in Early 20th-Century Bellingham." Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Volume 113, Number 4.

2016    “Confronting an Enemy Abroad, Transforming a Nation at Home: Domestic Militarism in the US, 1990-1996.” Radical History Review 126: Reconsidering Gender, Violence, and the State.

2016    “Rape as a Weapon of War(riors): The Militarisation of Sexual Violence in the United States, 1990-2000.” Gender & History, Vol. 28 Iss. 3, Gender and Global Warfare in the 20th Century.

Peer Reviewed Chapters

2022    “’Work Does Not Stop with this March on Washington: LGBTQ+ National Mobilizations, 1979-2009” in Understanding and Teaching Contemporary US History since Reagan edited by Kimber Quinney and Amy Sayward.

2018    “LGBTQ People Organizing for Peace” in Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture edited by Michael Murphy with Brytton Bjorngaard.


2022    “Book Review: Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimaginging Indigenous Masculinities Through Story by Sam McKegney. BC Studies, No. 213.

2021    “Book Review: Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America by Sherry Smith, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Volume 112, Number 4.

2020    “Book Review: The Sexual Economy of War: Discipline and Desire in the U.S. Army, by Andrew Byers,” Journal of Military History, Vol. 84, No. 2.

2015    “Book Review: The Struggle Within: Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Mass Movements in the United States, by Dan Berger” WIN Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1.