Gender and Sexuality, Body, Modern Europe, Urban


Katya Motyl is Assistant Professor of History at Temple University. Her research and teaching center on gender and sexuality, urban space, and the history of Modern Europe. She is currently writing a monograph, tentatively titled, 'New Bodies, New Women', which traces the emergence of new womanhood in a globalizing Vienna. In the book, Motyl explores how women articulated new womanhood not only through their changing roles in society, family, and politics, but also through embodied practices in everyday life, including an expansion of movement, greater emotional expression, and heightened sensuality. Drawing on gender theory, she shows that these bodily acts were consolidated into a new gender identity over time, thereby changing what it means to be a woman.

Motyl received her B.A. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at Temple in 2018, Motyl served as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute near Florence, Italy.

Courses Taught

  • HIST0824 Gender and World Societies
  • HIST 2408 Glitter and Doom: Europe 1885-1914