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Yvonne Pitts

Associate Professor of History
Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Award 

Yvonne Pitts teaches in the History Department and is affiliated with American Studies and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at Purdue University. Professor Pitts enjoys working closely with undergraduate students. She has collaborated with a Wilke Undergraduate Intern and has advised numerous History Honors students on their capstone thesis projects. She believes that training in historical analysis and research methods will benefit students regardless of their career path. Professor Pitts has been recognized for her teaching effectiveness, receiving the Department of History’s inaugural Jon C. Teaford Faculty Teaching Award in 2011. In 2013 she was selected for a Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship and has been nominated for the Charles Murphy Award. On campus she works with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center and is devoted to mentoring queer students and to organizing for civil equality. She co-taught a Study Abroad course in the Trans-Atlantic Histories of Sexualities in Summer 2014, a course that she will co-teach again in 2015. She regularly teaches courses in U.S. constitutional history, the history of sexual regulation, race and the law, and American legal culture.  Her book, Family, Law, and Inheritance in America: A Social and Legal History of Nineteenth Century Kentucky was published in Summer 2013 (Cambridge University Press).  It won the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Book Prize for best first book on U.S. legal history in 2013. 

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