Christopher E. Forth

Dean’s Professor of Humanities
Professor of History
Courtesy Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Courtesy Professor of American Studies
Primary office:
303-F, Bailey

Christopher E. Forth is the Dean’s Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Kansas. A specialist in the cultural history of gender, sexuality and the body, he is particularly interested in exploring embodiment, materiality, and the senses in historical context. His books include Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891-1918 (2001), The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004) andMasculinity in the Modern West (2008), as well as several edited collections, most recently Honour, Violence and Emotions in History (2014) and Fat: Culture and Materiality (2014). Forth is completing a cultural history of fat in the West, and is planning a new book project entitled “Men’s Milk: A Cultural History of Semen.” Forth is also the editor-in-chief of the journal Cultural History and co-editor of the Routledge book series Studies for the International Society for Cultural History.

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Upcoming Events
Humanities Program Recognition Ceremony, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Registering Students: Please note that all Humanities courses have changed from HWC to HUM in the Course Catalog. 

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