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Scott De Orio

Doctoral Candidate in History & Women’s Studies

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Joint program in History and Women’s Studies
    • coordinator of Doing Queer Studies Now RIW
  • Fields of Study
    • Modern US Political
    • Sexuality
  • About

    Scott De Orio is a doctoral candidate in History and Women’s Studies
    at the University of Michigan.  His research focuses on the history of
    sexuality in the twentieth-century United States with a particular
    interest in the law and state power.  Titled “The Invention of Bad Gay
    Sex,” his dissertation examines the creation of a new legal regime for
    the regulation and punishment of homosexuality at the local and state
    levels in the 1970s and 80s.


    “The Creation of the Modern Sex Offender,” in The War on Sex, ed. David
    Halperin and Trevor Hoppe. Duke University Press (forthcoming);

    "The Invention of 'Consenting Adults in Private.'"  In production.

  • Education
    • MA History, University of Michigan, 2013
    • MA Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
    • BA German, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Awards
    • Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. 2015–16.
    • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. University of Michigan. 2015–16.
    • William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship. American Society for Legal History. 2014.
    • Community of Scholars Fellowship. Institute for Research on Women and Gender. University of Michigan. 2014.
  • Grants
    • Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant, Cornell University Library, 2014.
    • Library Research Grant, Friends of the Princeton University Library, 2014
  • Presentations
    • “The Invention of ‘Consenting Adults in Private.’” Engendering Change. University of Chicago. April 2015
    • “Gay Men, Liberal Politics, and the Transformation of Sex Offender Registration in California, 1947–1983” Community of Scholars Symposium. Institute for Research on Women and Gender. November 2014