Scott De Orio is a doctoral candidate in History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. His first book project, Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights, is under review at the University of Chicago Press. The project tracks the expansion of the branch of the carceral state concerned with controlling sex crimes in the late-twentieth-century U.S. and examines the effect that expansion has had on queer forms of gender and sexuality. He also has a second, Euro-American transnational project that investigates the rise of efforts to regulate child sexuality in the spheres of medicine and the law, from campaigns to eradicate masturbation starting in the 1760s to the rise of the mass incarceration of sex criminals in the twentieth century. His writing has appeared in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, in the edited collection The War on Sex, and on the blog NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.
Check out the press section for two recent mentions of my article "The Creation of the Modern Sex Offender" in the new anthology The War on Sex (Duke, 2017).