I am a historian of U.S. law, politics, and society, with research and teaching interests in constitutional law, social movements, gender, race, and sexuality. My books and articles have focused on twentieth century urban gay and lesbian history; U.S. Supreme Court decisions on sex, marriage, and reproduction; queer political activism; and sexual politics in the discipline of history. Over the last decade I have taught courses on U.S. constitutional law, gender and sexuality in North American history, and the history of twentieth century political movements.
B.A., History, Wesleyan University, 1985.
Associate Professor, History Department, School of Women's Studies, and Sexuality Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York Univ., 2001-11.
Assistant Professor, History Department, Faculty of Arts, York Univ., 1998-2001.
Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Colby College, Waterville, Maine,1996-98.
Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, History Department, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1995-96.
Lecturer and Chimicles Fellow in the Teaching of Writing, History Department, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1993-95
Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (3 volumes) (New York: Scribners, 2003).
Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (New York: Routledge, 2012).
Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010).
City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-72 (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000; 2nd edition with new preface, Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 2004).
"Sexual Rights and Wrongs: Teaching the U.S. Supreme Court's Greatest Gay and Lesbian Hits," in Understanding and Teaching U.S. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History, ed. Leila Rupp and Susan Freeman (Madison: Univ. Wisconsin Press, 2014).
"Rizzo's Raiders, Beaten Beats, and Coffeehouse Culture in 1950s Philadelphia," in Modern American Queer History: Essays in Representation, Lived Experience, and Public Policy, ed. Allida M. Black (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 2001), 155-80.
"'Birthplace of the Nation': Imagining Lesbian and Gay Communities in Philadelphia, 1969-70," in Creating a Place for Ourselves, ed. Brett Beemyn (New York: Routledge, 1997), 253-88.
"All the Immigrants Are Straight, All the Homosexuals Are Citizens, But Some of Us Are Queer Aliens: Genealogies of Legal Strategy in Boutilier v. INS," Journal of American Ethnic History 29, no. 4 (Summer 2010): 45-77.
Crossing the Border to Memory: In Search of Clive Michael Boutilier (1933-2003),", Torquere, (2004): 91-115 (published Nov. 2005).
Boutilier and the U.S. Supreme Court's Sexual Revolution, Law and History Review 23, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 491-536.
Sex Politics in the City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves," Radical History Review, no. 59 (Spring 1994): 60-92.
Honours and Awards:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2014-19.
Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award, York Univ., 2010.
Audre Lorde Prize for Best Article in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (affiliated with the American Historical Association), 2006.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2001-05.
Gregory Sprague Prize for Best Chapter in Lesbian/Gay History, Committee on Lesbian and Gay History, 1996.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College, 1995-96.
The Ohio State Univ, Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined), 1995-96.
Chimicles Fellowship, Writing Across the University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1994-95.
Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1993-94.
Ken Dawson Annual Award for Lesbian/Gay History, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City Univ. of New York, 1993.
Leonard Prize for Highest Standards of Character and Performance in Campus Life, Wesleyan Univ., 1985.
Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan Univ., 1985.