Dr Sam Rutherford

  • Lecturer in LGBTQ+ History or the History of Sexuality (History)

email: Sam.Rutherford@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 301, 1 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

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Biography

I am a historian of gender and sexuality, education, ideas, and the politics, society, and culture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Prior to coming to Glasgow, I received my PhD in History from Columbia University in 2020, and I then spent 3.5 years as a Junior Research Fellow and tutor in History at Merton and Corpus Christi Colleges, Oxford.

At Glasgow I teach courses in modern British and LGBTQ+ history at Honours and PGT level. In 2024–25 I am convening the MSc in Gender History.

 

Research interests

I am a historian of gender and sexuality predominantly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. My research focuses on the categories that people have used to make sense of, categorise, and regulate gender and sexuality; how these have changed over time; what intellectual sources informed their ideas; how these ideas have interacted with the structures of the state and other regulatory institutions; and what the experiences of members of gender and sexual minority communities can tell us about the broader logics that govern gender and sexuality in the modern West.

My first book, Teaching Gender: The British University and the Rise of Heterosexuality, 1860–1939, is under contract with Oxford University Press. Teaching Gender explains the construction of the male/female and hetero/homo binaries in early-twentieth-century Britain through the improbable but illuminating lens of higher education reform. Drawing on extensive research in the archives of ten colleges and universities across England and Scotland, I show that the nationalisation and centralisation of higher education at the turn of the twentieth century resulted incidentally in coeducation, over the protest of feminist activists who supported gender segregation; that students’ negotiation of cross-gender interaction in coeducational universities ultimately led them to identify heterosexuality as a seemingly less fraught paradigm than more gender-neutral conceptions of 'corporate life'; and that single-sex men’s and women’s colleges, though increasingly marginal, became important sites for the theorisation of life paths and identities outside the heterosexual norm. Through detailed recovery both of political and financial decision-making and of the experiences and emotions of faculty, students, administrators, donors, and national politicians, I paint a vivid and resonant picture of the university campus as a key site for the transmission of norms around gender and sexuality.

I am currently working on four other projects:

  • an article about the prehistory of queer theory, exploring how John Addington Symonds, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and other theorists characterised the male homosexual subject as constituted through culture wars about canonicity and 'western civilisation'
  • a book-length survey of British LGBTQ+ history, based on my undergraduate teaching, which uses queer and trans history as a lens through which to refract the political and social history of the British Isles from 1820 to the present
  • early research for a potential project about the debates around the equalisation of the age of consent in late-twentieth-century Britain
  • a collaborative, practical project about trans history pedagogy

I also maintain an active interest in queer classical reception; and I am becoming increasingly interested in the history of the internet.

Before 2024, I published under the name Emily Rutherford.

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2024 | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2018 | 2017 | 2014
Number of items: 16.

2024

Rutherford, S. (2024) The Queerness of Everyday Life: The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II. Stephen Vider. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021. iv + 300 pp. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 30(2), pp. 260-262. (doi: 10.1215/10642684-11029014)[Book Review]

2023

Rutherford, E. (2023) LGBT Victorians: sexuality and gender in the nineteenth-century archives by Simon Joyce, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, xi + 284 pp., £75.00 (hardback), ISBN-13: 978-0-192-858399. Social History, 48(4), pp. 503-505. (doi: 10.1080/03071022.2023.2257101)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2023) The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham. Cultural and Social History, 20(2), pp. 303-305. (doi: 10.1080/14780038.2023.2189419)[Book Review]

2022

Rutherford, E. (2022) Precarious Professionals: Gender, Identities and Social Change in Modern Britain. Cultural and Social History, 19(5), pp. 626-628. (doi: 10.1080/14780038.2022.2148617)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2022) Student Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oxford by Sabine Chaouche. Victorian Studies, 64(3), pp. 478-479. (doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.64.3.16)[Book Review]

2021

Rutherford, E. (2021) Female husbands: a trans history, by Jen Manion. English Historical Review, 136(583), pp. 1657-1659. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/ceab221)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2021) Researching and teaching with British newsreels. Twentieth Century British History, 32(3), pp. 441-461. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwab014)

Rutherford, E. (2021) From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage: International Perspectives since 1789, ed. Sean Brady and Mark Seymour. English Historical Review, 136(581), pp. 1109-1111. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/ceab151)[Book Review]

2020

Rutherford, E. (2020) Masculine Plural: Queer Classics, Sex, and Education, by Jennifer Ingleheart. English Historical Review, 135(572), pp. 234-236. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/cez419)[Book Review]

2018

Rutherford, E. (2018) Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain’s Civic Universities. By William Whyte. Twentieth Century British History, 29(2), pp. 320-322. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwx030)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2018) Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870–1920 by James Kirby. Victorian Studies, 60(2), pp. 294-296. (doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.60.2.18)[Book Review]

2017

Rutherford, E. (2017) Natalie Thomlinson . Race, Ethnicity and the Women's Movement in England, 1968–1993. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Pp. 272. $100.00 (cloth). Journal of British Studies, 56(4), pp. 932-933. (doi: 10.1017/jbr.2017.174)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2017) Picturing the Closet: Male Secrecy and Homosexual Visibility in Britain, by Dominic Janes. English Historical Review, 132(555), pp. 427-429. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/cex035)[Book Review]

Rutherford, S. (2017) Arthur Sidgwick's Greek prose composition: gender, affect, and sociability in the late-Victorian university. Journal of British Studies, 56(1), pp. 91-116. (doi: 10.1017/jbr.2016.116)

2014

Rutherford, S. (2014) Impossible love and Victorian values: J. A. Symonds and the intellectual history of homosexuality. Journal of the History of Ideas, 75(4), pp. 605-627. (doi: 10.1353/jhi.2014.0028) (PMID:27424233)

Rutherford, E. (2014) Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan (eds.), Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present. Sexualities, 17(3), pp. 365-366. (doi: 10.1177/1363460714528090)[Book Review]

This list was generated on Tue May 28 08:19:18 2024 BST.
Number of items: 16.

Articles

Rutherford, E. (2021) Researching and teaching with British newsreels. Twentieth Century British History, 32(3), pp. 441-461. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwab014)

Rutherford, S. (2017) Arthur Sidgwick's Greek prose composition: gender, affect, and sociability in the late-Victorian university. Journal of British Studies, 56(1), pp. 91-116. (doi: 10.1017/jbr.2016.116)

Rutherford, S. (2014) Impossible love and Victorian values: J. A. Symonds and the intellectual history of homosexuality. Journal of the History of Ideas, 75(4), pp. 605-627. (doi: 10.1353/jhi.2014.0028) (PMID:27424233)

Book Reviews

Rutherford, S. (2024) The Queerness of Everyday Life: The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II. Stephen Vider. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021. iv + 300 pp. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 30(2), pp. 260-262. (doi: 10.1215/10642684-11029014)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2023) LGBT Victorians: sexuality and gender in the nineteenth-century archives by Simon Joyce, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, xi + 284 pp., £75.00 (hardback), ISBN-13: 978-0-192-858399. Social History, 48(4), pp. 503-505. (doi: 10.1080/03071022.2023.2257101)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2023) The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham. Cultural and Social History, 20(2), pp. 303-305. (doi: 10.1080/14780038.2023.2189419)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2022) Precarious Professionals: Gender, Identities and Social Change in Modern Britain. Cultural and Social History, 19(5), pp. 626-628. (doi: 10.1080/14780038.2022.2148617)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2022) Student Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oxford by Sabine Chaouche. Victorian Studies, 64(3), pp. 478-479. (doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.64.3.16)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2021) Female husbands: a trans history, by Jen Manion. English Historical Review, 136(583), pp. 1657-1659. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/ceab221)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2021) From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage: International Perspectives since 1789, ed. Sean Brady and Mark Seymour. English Historical Review, 136(581), pp. 1109-1111. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/ceab151)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2020) Masculine Plural: Queer Classics, Sex, and Education, by Jennifer Ingleheart. English Historical Review, 135(572), pp. 234-236. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/cez419)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2018) Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain’s Civic Universities. By William Whyte. Twentieth Century British History, 29(2), pp. 320-322. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwx030)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2018) Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870–1920 by James Kirby. Victorian Studies, 60(2), pp. 294-296. (doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.60.2.18)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2017) Natalie Thomlinson . Race, Ethnicity and the Women's Movement in England, 1968–1993. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Pp. 272. $100.00 (cloth). Journal of British Studies, 56(4), pp. 932-933. (doi: 10.1017/jbr.2017.174)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2017) Picturing the Closet: Male Secrecy and Homosexual Visibility in Britain, by Dominic Janes. English Historical Review, 132(555), pp. 427-429. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/cex035)[Book Review]

Rutherford, E. (2014) Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan (eds.), Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present. Sexualities, 17(3), pp. 365-366. (doi: 10.1177/1363460714528090)[Book Review]

This list was generated on Tue May 28 08:19:18 2024 BST.

Supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective PGR students with interests in modern British gender, sexuality and LGBTQ+ history.

Teaching

Honours

  • British LGBTQ+ History

PGT

  • Gender, Politics and Power (MSc Gender History core course)
  • Gender, Culture, Text (MSc Gender History core course)
  • Gender History Concepts (MSc Global Gender History core course)
  • Approaches to Queer and Trans Histories (PGT optional course)
  • In 2024–25, I am the convenor for the MSc in Gender History.