Lisa Cardyn

Lisa Cardyn received her Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from Yale University, where she is now a Research Affiliate at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. She is currently revising her dissertation, Sexualized Racism/Gendered Violence: Trauma and the Body Politic in the Reconstruction South, for publication by Harvard University Press. Her published writings on postbellum sexual terror include a lengthy study in the Michigan Law Review and a shorter piece in Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber's edited volume, Battle Scars: Gender and Sexualities in the American Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2006). Dr. Cardyn's next project, tentatively titled The Trials of Evelyn Nesbit, takes up the contested meanings of sexualized violence in the context of one of the most notorious crimes of passion of the last century, Harry Thaw's murder of the renowned New York architect Stanford White. It is the subject of another recent article, "Spectacles of Sex and Violence in Old New York: the Nesbit-Thaw-White Affair", which appears in the multivolume legal history, Famous American Crimes and Trial (Praeger Publishers, 2004).