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Thomas Laqueur
Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Thomas W Laqueur is Helen Fawcett professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation (2003). His latest book is The Work of the Dead (2015). 

Written by Thomas Laqueur