Dr Wannes Dupont

Lecturer in History of Sexuality

Contact details



Doorway 4, Room 1.16
William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Post code


  • My office hours for the first semester of 2023-2024 are Mondays from 2-3pm and Wednesdays from 1-2pm. Please make sure to book a slot in advance via the 'Booking Office Hours'-link above.


Previously, I was Assistant Professor of History at Yale-NUS College in Singapore after postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and for the Flemish Research Foundation at the University of Antwerp. My work, publications, and teaching primarily concern the European, and global sexual pasts, queer history, reproductive politics, and the intersections of biopolitics and religion.

External appointments

Research Fellow, University of Antwerp (by courtesy)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate Director of GENDER.ED, the UoE's university-wide platform of the promotion of teaching and research on genders and sexualities.

International Officer for History. Please note than any and all inquiries regarding European exchanges should be directed to HCA.histexch.europe@ed.ac.uk. For exchanges outside Europe, contact HCA.histexch.global@ed.ac.uk.

Undergraduate teaching

- Themes in Modern European History

- Introduction to the Modern History of Sexuality

- Sex, Decadence and Decay in Weimar Germany


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Students who wish to pursue in the modern history of sexuality may contact me. I am particularly interested in projects on:

- histories of sexuality and global institutions

- religious histories of contraception, abortion and population control

- the queer history of late 19th- and 20th-century Europe

Research summary


  • Europe


  • Comparative & Global History
  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Politics
  • Religion


  • Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century & After

Research interests

I'm interested in the European and global histories of sexuality in the 19th and the 20th centuries. These days, I am particularly concerned with global institutions, the policisation of gender and sexuality after World War 2, and the rise of today's culture wars.

Current research activities

I am presently working on a project called The Globalisation of Sex As a Policy Issue, 1945-1965.

Research projects

- Unwilling To Know: Homosexuality At The Crossroads of Europe, 1870-1965

- The Globalisation of Sex As a Policy Issue, 1945-1965

- Sex, Religion and Politics in Singapore, 1945-1971

Current research interests

I am currently working on a global history of religion, birth and population control.