Office of the Provost

Katie P. Batza, PhD

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 318
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045

Katie Batza earned her doctorate in United States History from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 along with a graduate concentration in Work, Race, Gender, and the Urban World and a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Her research explores the intersection of sexuality, health, and politics in the late-20th century United States. Her current book-length project, "Before AIDS" is under advance contract and currently under review at the University of Pennsylvania Press and explores gay health activism in the period before AIDS. She employs a wide array of research methods in her work, including oral history. She also has a forthcoming article from the Journal of Women’s History that examines the history of lesbians and the fertility industry. She has played an active role in the National Park Service’s LGBTQ initiative, contributing a chapter to the National Park Services LGBTQ theme study and co-founding a non-profit, Rainbow Heritage Network, that aids in identifying, preserving, and interpreting historic sites of particular meaning to the LGBTQ communities. She has also begun a second book project that explores the experiences of the early AIDS crisis in the Heartland with particular interest in how people with AIDS and their allies enacted and deployed claims to citizenship in response to the health crisis. She taught at Macalester College in Minnesota and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania before joining the KU faculty.


Graduate Certificate, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D., American History, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A., History, with Honors, John Hopkins University

M.A., History, John Hopkins University


Katie is the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. She is also the co-chair of the University Sexuality and Gender Diversity Consortium.

Selected Publications

Batza, C. (in press). Historic Places in LGBTQ Health. In . (Ed.), National Park Service LGBTQ Theme Study. National Park Service.

Batza, C. P. (in press). From Sperm Runners to Sperm Banks: Lesbian, Assisted Conception, and the Fertility Industry, 1971-1983. The Journal of Women’s History, 28(2).

Selected Presentations

Batza, K. (03/01/2016 -). AIDS and Mid-American Citizenship. The Mid America American Studies Association Conference. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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