Averill Earls



Advisor: Patrick McDevitt


PhD History, University at Buffalo
MA History, University of Vermont
BA Political Science & History, University of Vermont


Dissertation: “Queering Dublin: Same-Sex Desire and Masculinities in Ireland, 1884-1964”

In Dublin from 1900-1920, 18 men were arrested for “gross indecency.” In the first 20 years of Irish independence, over 200 men were arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for “acts of gross indecency.” This marked shift in state-based concern with same-sex desiring men is the subject of my dissertation. In “Queering Dublin,” I consider the construction of an Irish gender hierarchy, which privileged a Gaelic-Catholic and nationalist masculine ideal, and the ways that ideal was exercised through the policing and persecuting of same-sex desiring men. Ireland’s colonial and neo/post-colonial relationship with Britain was integral to the deployment of the sexual regime that left hundreds of Irish men imprisoned and shamed for their sexual desires.