Katie P. Batza, PhD

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 321
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 book, "Before AIDS" was published at the University of Pennsylvania Press in February 2018 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 published an article in 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. She taught at Macalester College in Minnesota and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania before joining the KU faculty.

Teaching Interests

  • Health
  • Policy
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • History
  • Oral History
  • Social Movements and Activism

Research Interests

  • History of Sexuality
  • U.S. Social movements
  • Health and Medicine
  • Oral History


Katie has served as the Director for Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. She has also been the co-chair of the University Sexuality and Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council.

Selected Publications

Batza, C. (in press). National Park Service Theme Study Roundtable Discussion. GLQ, 25(1).

Batza, K. (2018). Sickness and Wellness. In . (Ed.), Routledge History of Queer America. Routledge.

Batza, K. (2018). Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics n the 1970s, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Batza, K. (2016). Historic Places in LGBTQ Health. In . (Ed.), National Park Service LGBTQ Theme Study. National Park Service.

Batza, K. (2016). 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 - 03/31/2016). AIDS and Mid-American Citizenship. The Mid America American Studies Association Conference. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Dr. Janet Sharistanian

Dr. Janet Sharistanian, founding director of KU Women’s Studies, passed away on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019. More information »

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