Emily K. Hobson, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Gender, Race, and Identity; Associate Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and History; Graduate Director and Graduate Advisor, GRI
Emily Hobson
she/her/hers

Summary

I am a historian of radicalism, sexuality and race in the United States, and an interdisciplinary scholar of queer studies, American Studies and critical ethnic studies. My research centers on radical movements in the latter half of the 20th century, especially LGBTQ, anti-racist and anti-imperialist politics. Throughout my work, I investigate how seemingly disconnected social movements shape one another — for example, how anti-war activism informed gay liberation and lesbian feminism, and how HIV/AIDS and prison movements worked together. I am the author of two books, Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, and (with Dan Berger) Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001. My newest book project examines the history of HIV/AIDS activism by, for and with imprisoned people 1980s and 1990s United States.

I teach courses and hold a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) at the University of Nevada, Reno. I also currently serve as Associate Chair and Graduate Director of GRI. My recent honors have included research fellowships from Smith College (2019) and the ONE Archives Foundation (2019); the University’s Mousel-Feltner Award for Excellence in Research (2017); and the Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship from the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York (2014).

Specialties

  • United States history, 1945-present
  • LGBTQ history
  • Radical social movements
  • Race, sexuality and gender
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Queer studies, American Studies, critical ethnic studies

Courses include

  • HIST 215: History of Sexuality in the United States
  • GRI 257: Social Movements of Gender, Race, and Identity
  • WMST 250: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • HIST 404c/604c: Social Movements in the United States
  • HIST 493/GRI 493: Queer History and Theory
  • WMST 450: Feminist Theory and Methods
  • Graduate Courses in History and in Gender, Race, and Identity
  • Undergraduate Thesis in History and in Gender, Race, and Identity

Books

  • Co-edited with Dan Berger. Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.

Selected articles and book chapters

  • “Movements.” In The Routledge Handbook of American Sexuality, edited by Kevin P. Murphy, Jason Ruiz, and David Serlin. New York: Routledge, 2020.
  • “Thinking Transnationally, Thinking Queer.” In The Routledge History of Queer America. Edited by Don Romesburg. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • With Jonathan Bell, et al. “Interchange: HIV/AIDS and U.S. History.” Journal of American History 104 (September 2017).
  • LGBTQ Politics in America since 1945.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American Urban History, edited by Timothy Gilfoyle. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019; and in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, edited by Jon Butler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • 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).

Education

  • Ph.D., American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2009
  • M.A., American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2007
  • B.A., History & Literature, Harvard University, 1998
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