Associate Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award
Yvonne Pitts is a faculty member in the Department of History and also affiliated with the American Studies and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at Purdue. Yvonne 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 was awarded the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2015. On campus she works with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center, and is devoted to mentoring queer students and organizing for civil equality. Yvonne co-taught a study abroad course exploring trans-Atlantic queer history in summer 2014 and 2015, a course that she will co-teach again this summer. She 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 by Cambridge University Press in 2013. It won the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Book Prize for best first book on U.S. legal history in 2014.