Andrew I. Ross

Assistant Professor and Nina Bell Suggs Professor

Andrew Israel Ross joined the History Department at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 after teaching at Kenyon College for three years. He received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 2011, with specializations in French history, the history of sexuality, and cultural history. He has also studied as a visiting student at Keble College, Oxford.

Ross's research examines the relationship between urban change, policing, and sexuality over the long nineteenth century. He is currently working on his first book, Public City/Public Sex: Homosexuality, Prostitution, and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris, which explores the relationship between urban change and public sex. The book argues that women who sold sex and men who sought sex with other men shaped modern Paris by appropriating transforming public spaces to their own ends. By subverting attempts to manage the city, these women and men placed public sex at the center of modern urban life. The book is under advance contract with Temple University Press for publication in their Sexuality Studies series.


His next project will examine the relationship between urban sexual communities, moral purity movements, and policing through a transnational study of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Paris and London. His research has appeared in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, and French Historical Studies.

Ross teaches courses in European history, gender and sexuality studies, and historical methods. He currently serves on the national boards of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History and the Western Society for French History.

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