Molly McGarry is an associate professor of history at UCR and teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. cultural history, gender and sexuality, public history, and museum studies. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and PhD from New York University. She is author of Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America (2008); co-author with Fred Wasserman of Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America (1999); and co-editor with George Haggerty of Blackwell’s A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (2007). Her most recent work analyzes the relationships between religion, sexuality, and the politics of secularism.
As a public historian, she has curated exhibitions at the New York Public Library, The Jewish Museum, and UCR’s California Museum of Photography. Her exhibits have received curatorial awards from the American Association of Museums, the American Society for State and Local History, the International Association of Art Critics, and the Society of American Archivists. She has held fellowships from the Smithsonian/National Museum of American History, a Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion and Media, and the University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities.