Laurie Marhoefer

  • Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2008, B.A. Columbia, 2000

Fields: Modern Germany, Modern Europe, History of Gender and Sexuality, Weimar Republic, Queer history, History of Race and Racism Office: SMI 118 |

I'm a historian of modern Germany and of gender and sexuality, queer sexuality in particular. My first book, Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (2015), reexamines the gay rights movement of the 1920s and the broader sexual politics of Germany's first democracy. I am currently at work on a number of projects, including one on queer sexuality and transgender and the Nazi State, one on blackness and citizenship in Germany in the 1920s, and a third on the transnational history of gay politics. Before joining the history department at the University of Washington, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and then an assisstant and associate professor at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. 


“Lesbianism, Transvestitism, and the Nazi State: A Microhistory of a Gestapo Investigation, 1939-1943.” American Historical Review October 2016.

Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (University of Toronto Press, 2015) 

“‘The book was a revelation, I recognized myself in it’: Lesbian Sexuality, Censorship, and the Queer Press in Weimar-era Germany.” Journal of Women’s History 27:2 (2015): 62-86.

“Homosexuality and Theories of Culture.” In Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven, edited by Jennifer V. Evans, Florian Mildenberger, Rüdiger Lautmann, Jakob Pastötter. Hamburg: Männerschwarm, 2014: 255-269.

“Degeneration, Sexual Freedom, and the Politics of the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933.” German Studies Review 34 No. 3 (2011): 529-550.