Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank


BM, New England Conservatory
MM, Indiana University

Research Interests

History of Medicine
History of Sexuality
Women's and Gender Studies
Queer Studies
Disability Studies

Dissertation Topic

"Feminist Women’s Health in the American South: Place, Priorities, and Grassroots Dialectics in Activist Women’s Health Organizations"

Faculty Advisors

Mary Odem
Joseph Crespino


Hanne Blank spends her time thinking, learning, and writing at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her pre-Emory career as a writer and independent scholar includes the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007). Her work has been featured in periodicals ranging from Slate.com to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, in anthologies ranging from Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking The Rules to Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, as well as in a number of subject encyclopedias and other reference works. Forthcoming publications include chapters in the upcoming Oxford Handbook on Music and the Body (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Doing It: A Sex-Positive Anthology (University of Queensland Press, 2016).

A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Mellon Foundation Summer Seminar Fellow, and Fellow of the Tanglewood Institute, Hanne has taught in various capacities on campuses including Brandeis and Tufts Universities and has been a featured speaker on numerous other campuses including the University of Alabama, Virginia Commonwealth University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. She has served on the Advisory Committee to the Emory Office of LGBT Life and is a current Patient-Family Advocate to Emory Healthcare on LGBTQIA Health, as well as serving as an occasional visiting lecturer on LGBTQIA healthcare issues at Emory's School of Medicine.

Hanne is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Denison University. A new book, a cultural history entitled FAT, will be released as part of Bloomsbury USA / The Atlantic's celebrated Object Lessons series in 2019.

Courses Taught:
Spring 2016: How Sexuality Shaped America (HIST241/WGS285)
Fall 2016: U.S. Multicultural Women's History (HIST336/WGS336).