Emily K. Hobson, Ph.D.

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

Summary

I am a historian of radical movements in the postwar United States, focusing especially on movements for queer/LGBTQ liberation, racial justice, and international solidarity, and on activism against HIV/AIDS and the carceral state. I am the author or editor 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 current book project examines the history of HIV/AIDS activism by, for, and with people in prisons in the 1980s and 1990s United States.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, I serve as Chair of the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) and am an Associate Professor jointly appointed in GRI and the Department of History. I teach a range of courses in both GRI and History, including courses for the new LGBTQ studies minor.

Specialties

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

Selected publications

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.

Journal issues

  • Co-edited with Dan Royles. Radical History Review No. 140, Special Issue: The AIDS Crisis Is Not Over (May 2021).

Selected articles and book chapters

  • With Dan Royles, “Editors’ Introduction.” Radical History Review No. 140, Special Issue: The AIDS Crisis Is Not Over (May 2021).
  • “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