Sarah Leonard

Associate Professor and Graduate History Program Director

Sarah L. Leonard specializes in German cultural history. Her book Fragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls: The Matter of Obscenity in Nineteenth-Century Germany was published in 2015 by University of Pennsylvania Press. She is currently working on two projects: the first on the role of German Jews in early photography; the second on early photography and the history of emotions.

Sarah Leonard in the News

The cupola of the Main College Building on the Simmons campus with a Pride flag in the foreground

LGBTQ+ Community at Simmons

Associate Professor Sarah Leonard, who teaches the Seminar in the History of Women and Gender: “Queer Histories,” sees Simmons as an inclusive community.

Shout-outs from Students and Alums

Ifill Scholar Kate Benton ’24 Pursues a Global Approach to Art History

Ifill Scholar Kate Benton ’24 Pursues a Global Approach to Art History

What professors have helped you pursue your goals? I would like to acknowledge Assistant Professor Asiel Sepúlveda and Associate Professor Sarah Leonard for their support throughout my academic career thus far. Both professors have pushed me to sharpen my critical...

Gabby Womack

Activism Through Reading: Gabby Womack '17MA, '17MS Founds Bookish AfroLatina

Need a book recommendation? Gabby Womack '17MA, '17MS has read 135 so far this year, and she's just getting started. Learn why Gabby decided to create her site Bookish AfroLatina and how her Simmons experience inspired her to be a radical librarian.