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University of Nevada, Reno
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20th century United States, radical social movements, LGBTQ history, HIV/AIDS
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On sabbatical leave July 2018 through July 2019

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About Me

I am a historian of radicalism, sexuality and race in the 20th century United States, and an interdisciplinary scholar of queer studies, American Studies and critical ethnic studies. My research centers on radical social movements from the 1960s through 2000s, with a particular focus on LGBTQ politics and community. Throughout my work, I investigate how seemingly disconnected social movements shape one another – for example, how anti-war activism shaped gay liberation and lesbian feminism, and how HIV/AIDS and prison movements have overlapped. I published my first book, Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, with the University of California Press in 2016. My work in progress includes a primary source anthology of U.S. radicalism from 1970 through 2001 (co-edited with Dan Berger, under contract with the University of Georgia Press) and a book monograph on the history of HIV/AIDS activism in prisons and by prisoners.

Recent Publications
  • Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.
  • “Thinking Transnationally, Thinking Queer.” In The Routledge History of Queer America. Edited by Don Romesburg. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Co-authored with Felicia T. Perez. “Questions, Not Test Answers: Teaching LGBT History in Public Schools.” In Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History. Edited by Susan Freeman and Leila Rupp. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014; revised edition 2017.
  • “Policing Gay LA: Mapping Racial Divides in the Homophile Era, 1950-1967.” In The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific. Edited by Moon-Ho Jung. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.
  • “‘Si Nicaragua Venció’: Lesbian and Gay Solidarity with the Revolution.” The Journal of Transnational American Studies Vol. 4 No. 2 (Fall 2012).
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, U.S.-Latin America solidarity movements
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Human Rights, Politics, Race, Sexuality, Women