Marc Stein

Phone: (415) 338-2982
Location: Humanities Building Room 263
Office Hours:
Thu: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in person or on Zoom

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.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania, 1994.
  • B.A., History, Wesleyan University, 1985.

Previous Positions

  • 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
  • Assistant, Associate, and full Professor, History Department and School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York Univ., 1998-2014.

Selected Publications:





  • “Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s,” Law and Social Inquiry, 2022.
  • “Power, Politics, and Race in the 1968 Philadelphia Study of Prison Sexual Violence,” Queer Pasts (Alexander St./ProQuest), Nov. 2021.
  • “Heterosexual Inversions: Satire, Parody, and Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s,” in Heterosexual Histories: Collected Essays about Sexuality, Norms, and U.S. History, ed. Rebecca Davis and Michele Mitchell (New York: NYU Press, 2021), 195-224.
  • "Teaching and Researching the History of Sexual Politics at San Francisco State, 1969–1970," California History, Vol. 98, no. 4 (Winter 2021), 2–29. 
  • “Law and Politics: ‘Crooked and Perverse’ Narratives of LGBT Progress,” Routledge History of Queer America, ed. Don Romesburg (New York: Routledge, 2018), 315-330.
  • “Canada and Canadians in the U.S. Homophile Press,” Journal of Homosexuality 64, no. 7 (April 2017): 963-990.
  • “Introduction: U.S. Homophile Internationalism,” Journal of Homosexuality 64, no. 7 (April 2017): 843-849.
  • “Race, Class, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Doctrine of Heteronormative Supremacy,” in Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, ed. Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer Morgan (Champaign: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2016), 59-81.
  • “Historical Landmarks and Landscapes of LGBTQ Law,” in LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, ed. Megan Springate (Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2016), 1-47.
  • “The Future of LGBT Civil Rights History: New and Forthcoming Books in the Field,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights 1, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 201-211.
  • "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).
  • "Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory," Radical History Review, no. 120 (Fall 2014): 52-73.
  • "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.
  • "The U.S. Supreme Court's Sexual Counter-Revolution," Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 20, no. 2 (Mar. 2006): 21-25.
  • "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. "
  • "Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Survey on LGBTQ History Careers," Perspectives 39, no. 5 (May 2001): 29-31.
  • "Rizzo's Raiders, Beaten Beats, and Coffeehouse Culture in 1950s Philadelphia," in Modern American Queer History: Essays in Representaion, 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.
  • "Sex Politics in the City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves," Radical History Review, no. 59 (Spring 1994): 60-92

Honors and Awards:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2014-16.
  • 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.

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