Margot Canaday

Resident Faculty Fellow

Hello, bees!  I’m thrilled to join you as faculty in residence.  Please say hello when you see me in the dining hall, or even join me at my table.  I always love talking with undergraduates and learning more about how you are navigating this exciting time in your lives (as well as chatting about music, tv, current events, and campus life!)….

In case you are curious, here is a bit more about me:  I am a native Iowan, and also an identical twin (my twin is a sociologist at the University of Michigan).  We still look and sound a lot alike! I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa and went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota.  I became a historian somewhat by happenstance, but it’s a discipline I love for its deep humanity, and for prioritizing change over time as its organizing concept.  Within history, I am an Americanist who studies gender and sexuality, and I just completed a book on the history of LGBT people on the job over the second half of the 20th century.  In general, I think there is nothing more fun than digging around in the archives to find answers to your questions about how people lived in the past, or how things came to be the way they are.

Most years, I teach in the spring semester an undergraduate lecture course on the history of gender and sexuality in modern America (History 384).

Besides history, my other passions are backpacking and spending time in the wilderness (especially love the Pacific Northwest), audiophilia, and international travel.  Oh, and reading of course!