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.


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 […]

Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Caitlin Wiesner

Last year, I was awarded the John Whiteclay Chambers II Graduate Fellowship by the Rutgers Oral History Archives (ROHA). I recently sat down with Kathryn Rizzi, Assistant Director of ROHA, to discuss the importance of oral history to my own work on African American women’s anti-rape activism and how oral history methods can illuminate marginalized […]

John Whiteclay Chambers Oral History Lecture

I was the grateful recipient of the 2019 John Whiteclay Chambers Oral History Fellowship. The award supports graduate students as they conduct oral history interviews for their dissertation research. In addition to generous financial support, the fellowship also gave me the opportunity to share the findings of my interviews with members of the academy and […]