Lynn Sacco works closely with the chairs and steering committees of the college’s thirteen interdisciplinary programs, which provide students with opportunities to earn bachelor’s degrees in a number of fields that span multiple academic departments. She also serves on the Center for International Education’s Programs Abroad Committee and is the college’s main contact for individuals and groups seeking Ready for the World funding. Sacco will work closely with faculty, staff, and students in the college to develop new opportunities for experiential learning as the university embarks on its new quality enrichment program, “Experience Learning”.
Sacco received a bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and English from Marquette University in 1975, and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1979. She practiced law in Chicago until 1994, after which she received a master’s degree in American Studies, with a concentration in Women’s Studies, from SUNY-Buffalo in 1996, followed by a doctorate in history from the University of Southern California in 2001. Sacco was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before joining the UT history department in 2004. She was promoted to associate professor (with tenure) in 2010 and is currently working on her second book project.
Sacco is a social and cultural historian of gender and sexuality. The Johns Hopkins University Press published her first book, Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History, in 2009. At UT she has chaired the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People, and served as faculty co-advisor for Sex Week from 2012-15.