Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by April D. Trask on Wednesday, 4/12/2017, at 9:07 PM

April Trask is a historian of modern German and European history. Her book project, Remaking Men: Sex, Science and Utopia in Early-Twentieth-Century Germany, explores how science, utopian thought and visions of sexual deviancy intertwined to shape national selves in modern Germany. It traces how early sex researchers believed that modern science could heal broken men and a nation in crisis.  Based upon research conducted in archives across Germany, Britain, and the United States, Remaking Men argues that medical experts not only shaped new understandings of sexuality, but also envisioned modern science as the key to sexual and social renewal in the years between Germany’s national unification (1871) and the rise of Nazism (1933). It seeks to change the way people understand the history of sexual science and the utopian vision of those who first defined sex hormones, homosexuality and transvestitism. Trask’s scholarship has received awards and grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Historical Institute and Fulbright Commission. She regularly presents research on topics such as experimental testicular surgery and utopian sex reform at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, Berks and History of Science Society Annual Meeting.

Trask teaches on European, German and world history, including courses on topics such as Nazi Germany, genocide, World War II, propaganda and the history of sexuality in modern Europe.

She received her PhD in 2014 from the University of California, Irvine and held a subsequent postdoctoral position at UCLA before coming to Amherst College in 2015.