Caitlin Reed Wiesner



I am an Assistant Professor of History at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where I specialize in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the 20th century United States. I earned my PhD at Rutgers University- New Brunswick in 2021 and my Bachelor of the Arts with Distinguished Honors in History and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2015.

My research focuses on gender violence, feminist activism, African American women, and state crime control policy in the late 20th century United States. I am currently working on a book project based upon my recently defended dissertation, “Controlling Rape: Black Women, the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence, and the State, 1974-1994." This project examines how Black anti-rape organizers critically engaged both the feminist movement against sexual violence and the federal War on Crime between 1974 and 1994.

My research has been supported by the Graduate School of New Brunswick, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers Oral History Archives, Smith College Libraries, the New-York Historical Society, and the P.E.O. International.


“The First Thing We Cry About is Violence”: The National Black Women’s Health Project and the Fight Against Rape and Battering

I am pleased to share my latest peer-reviewed article in the Spring 2022 issue of the Journal of Women’s History. This article is based upon a chapter from my recently defended dissertation. A modified version will appear in my forthcoming book, tentatively titled Between the Street and the State: Black Women’s Anti-Rape Activism Before #MeToo. […]

Review of “The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration” by Aya Gruber

The editors of Feminist Formations recently solicited my review of Aya Gruber’s fascinating new study The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration (2020). You can find the full review here: Wiesner, Caitlin Reed. Review of The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass […]

Voice of America on “Women March 1820-2020”

As the Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Women’s History, I have served as a curatorial scholar for “Women March, 1820-2020.” This exhibit was created by the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. “Women March” showcases how diverse groups […]