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Ruby Ray Daily

PhD in History (2021) | GSS Cluster Fellow

Ruby Ray Daily is a historian of Modern Europe, with a specialization in Britain. She received a doctorate from Northwestern University in August 2021. Her dissertation, “Voluptuous Cruelty: Sex and Violence in Modern Britain,” traces the fluctuating relationship between sex and violence over the 19th and 20th centuries. She sifts through a huge variety of archival sources–from pornography, magazines, newspapers, postcards and colonial records, to pamphlets, unpublished memoirs, fiction, letters and art–to build up a geological map of seismic shifts in sexual culture. This research was funded by grants from Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin, and the Kinsey Institute, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the North American Conference on British Studies.

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