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


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 emphases on 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 teach courses and hold a joint appointment in the History Department and the Program in Gender, Race, and Identity at UNR.

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 anthology co-edited with Dan Berger, Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001, is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in 2020. My newest book project examines the history of HIV/AIDS activism in prisons and by prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s United States. AIDS prison activists confronted the intersections of racism, sexism, and homophobia driving systems of poverty and state violence, and through their activism, they drew on and contributed to the politics of Black feminism, prison abolition, and queer of color critique.

Recent honors have included research fellowships from Smith College (2019) and the ONE Archives Foundation (2019); the University of Nevada, Reno’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).


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

Courses taught

  • HIST 215: History of Sexuality in the United States
  • GRI 257: Social Movements of Gender, Race, and Identity
  • HIST 404c/604c: Social Movements in the United States
  • HIST 493/WMST 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


  • Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.

Selected articles and book chapters

  • “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 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).


  • 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