Scott Larson began doctoral studies at GW in the fall of 2009. His research focuses on gender and sexuality in late eighteenth-century American culture, and engages queer and transgender theory, religion and secularism, political theory, and literatures of the early Anglophone Atlantic. He is particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary methods of studying gender and sexuality before -- and beyond -- the emergence of modern sexual identities.
Scott’s dissertation, “Enthusiastic Sensations: Religious Revivals, Secular Bodies, and the Making of Modern Sexualities in Early American Culture,” investigates the ways that early evangelical revivals produced erotic experiences such as raptures and fits, and how secular responses to religious “enthusiasm” characterized revivals as sexually dangerous and sensorially disabled.
Scott is the author of the peer-reviewed article “Indescribable Being:” Theological Performances of Genderlessness in the Society of the Publick Universal Friend, 1776-1819” in Journal of Early American Studies 12:3 (Fall 2014). He has presented papers on sexuality, gender, and religion at the annual meetings of the National Women’s Studies Association, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Biblical Literature, as well as at graduate conferences at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the DC Queer Studies Symposium, and at GW American Studies’ own “Collected Stories” conference.
Scott most recently taught a research seminar entitled “Sexuality in Early American Literary Culture,” and he has acted as a teaching assistant through GW’s Writing in the Disciplines program for classes including “US Women’s History,” “Early American Cultural History,” “Sexuality in U.S. History,” “Performance and Culture in the Americas,” “U.S.-Middle East Cultural Encounters,” and “Freedom in U.S. Thought and Culture.” In 2012, Scott was honored with the Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award for his work as a teaching assistant.
Prior to coming to George Washington University, Scott received a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Theory and Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.