Vic Overdorf

Vic Overdorf

Graduate Student, 2017 Cohort


M.A., Gender Studies, Indiana University, 2020.

B.A., History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Butler University, 2017.


About Vic Overdorf

Vic holds a B.A. in History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from Butler University (2017) and an M.A. in Gender Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington (2020). Vic’s research focuses on the intersection of queer lives and institutional violence with a particular focus on the role of the prison as a significant site through which these encounters occur historically. Their current work explores the experiences of queer men who were incarcerated at Alcatraz Federal penitentiary.


Overdorf, Vic. 2021. "Archives of “Sexual Deviance”: Recovering the Queer Prisoner." Journal of Feminist Scholarship 19 (Fall): 7-23. 10.23860/jfs.2021.19.02.

Overdorf, Vic. “Mary Robertson: Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBT Identity.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 48 no.1 (2019): 1-3.

Courses Taught

HST 354 American In/Justice: The Prison as a Social History of the U.S.

GHS 207 Resistance & Rights: Global Women

GNDR 225 Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture: Criminal Archetypes and the Media

GNDR 101 Gender, Culture, and Society


IU Three Minute Thesis Competition: 1st Place Winner (2022).

IU Gender Studies: Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2021).

IU Gender Studies Graduate Association: Peer Mentor Award (2021).

Loren Frankel Memorial Award – American Men’s Studies Association (2021).

IU Graduate Student Government Association Research Award (2021).