Emily K. Hobson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2009, University of Southern California (American Studies & Ethnicity)


Office: MSS 124D (in Gender, Race, & Identity Studies)

Phone: 775-682-6482

Email: ehobson@unr.edu


I am an interdisciplinary scholar motivated by the dynamic relationships between research, learning, and social change. I hold a joint appointment in History and Gender, Race, and Identity Studies, and I teach, research, and write in the fields of U.S. history, LGBT history, gender and queer studies, critical ethnic studies, and transnational American Studies.


Prior to coming to UNR, I taught at UC Santa Barbara and held a postdoctoral fellowship at USC. My education also includes several years’ work in community organizing for racial justice, gender equity, immigrant rights, and public schools. I draw all this learning as a historian of the 20th century United States and a scholar of sexuality, race, and gender in radical social movements.


I am currently completing my first book, Lavender and Red: Race, Empire, and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (under contract, University of California Press). This book draws on oral histories and archival research and examines gay and lesbian radicalism in the San Francisco Bay Area from the late 1960s through the end of the Cold War. I place a particular focus on gay and lesbian involvement in anti-war activism, the Third World Left, and Latin American solidarity. In addition, I am developing a primary source anthology, co-edited with Dan Berger, entitled Finding the Struggle: Radical Movements in the Neoliberal United States, 1970-2001. I have also published in The Journal of Transnational American Studies, make/shift: feminisms in motion, The People’s Guide to Los Angeles (ed. Pulido, Barraclough, and Cheng), and in the forthcoming volume The Rising Tide of Color: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond (ed. Moon-Ho Jung).


Courses Include:
WMST 250: Introduction to Feminist Theory

GRI 730: Theories of Oppression

HIST 487/687: History of Sexuality in the United States