Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 4th floor
New York, NY  10003


  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1976
    Social and Political Theory/Women’s Studies
  • M.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1979
    Women’s History
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1992
    Major Field:
    Modern American History
    Women’s History
    History of Sexuality
    Social & Labor History
    Cultural History & Theory

Professional Experience

  • Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies (2016-2018)
  • President, American Studies Association (2014-15)
  • Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
    Programs in American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies New York University
  • Interim Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (2012-2013)
  • Director, Program in American Studies (2006-2008)

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • NYU Humanities Council Faculty Working Group Grant
    “Beyond Empire: U.S Relations with the Middle East,” 2007-2008
  • William S. Vaughn Fellow
    Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
    Vanderbilt University, 2002-2003
  • John Boswell Prize for Best Book in Lesbian & Gay History published during 1999 or 2000, awarded to Sapphic Slashers, Committee for Lesbian and Gay History, American Historical Association
  • Resident Fellow, Society for the Humanities,
    Cornell University, 1996-97
  • Resident Fellow, Humanities Centre,
    Australian National University (Summer 1993)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities & Public Policy (Spring 1992)
  • Research Fellow, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1989-90)
  • University of Pennsylvania:
    Mellon Dissertation Fellow
    Dean’s Research Fellow
  • University of Virginia:
    Echols Scholar
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Graduation with Highest Distinction


  • Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed
    (forthcoming University of California Press, spring 2019)
  • “Circuits of Influence: US, Israel, Palestine,” edited issue of Periscope for Social Text, June 2014.
  • A New Queer Agenda, co-edited with Joseph DeFilippis Amber Hollibaugh and Richard Kim, e-book issue of The Scholar and the Feminist Online, no. 10.1-10.2, Fall 2011/Spring 2012
  • The Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy (Beacon Press, 2003)
  • Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (Duke University Press, 2000)
  • Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest, co-edited with Lauren Berlant (NYU Press, 2001)
  • Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, co-authored with Nan D. Hunter (Routledge, 1995; 10th Anniversary Ed. 2006)

Selected Articles

  • “The Fun and the Fury of Transforming American Studies,” American Studies Association Presidential Address, American Quarterly 67: 2, June 2015
  • “A Woman Disguised As A Woman: Lois Weaver’s Fem(me)inist Performances,” in Jen Harvie and Lois Weaver, editors, The Only Way Home is Through the Show: The Performance Work of Lois Weaver (London: Live Art Development/Intellect Books, spring 2015)
  • “Optimistic Cruelty,” Social Text Periscope, January 2013.
  • “After Neoliberalism? From Crisis to Organizing for Queer Economic Justice,” and “Beyond Marriage: Democracy, Equality and Kinship for a New Century,” in A New Queer Agenda, co-edited with Joseph DeFelippis, Amber Hollibaugh and Richard Kim in The Scholar and the Feminist Online, no. 10.1-10.2, Fall 2011/Spring 2012
  • “Love and Anger: Scenes from a Passionate Career,” GLQ, Special Issue: Rethinking Sex, 17:1, 2011
  • “Hope and Hopelessness, A Dialogue,” with Jose Esteban Munoz, Women and Performance, vol. 19, no. 2, 2009
  • “Beyond Marriage,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, v. 9, no. 1, 2008
  • “The New Homonormativity: The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism,” in Dana Nelson and Russ Castronovo, eds, Materializing Democracy (Duke University Press, 2002)
  • “The Discipline Problem: Queer Theory Meets Lesbian and Gay History,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies,
    vol. 2, no. 3, 1995

Selected Essays and Reviews

  • “Rapture and Risk on Campus in the Age of the Sexual Security State,” Bully Bloggers, June 6, 2017
  • “What the Pathetic Case Against Rentboy Says About Sex Work,” The Nation Magazine, January 7, 2016
  • “A New Consensus on Public Space and ‘Free’ Speech on Israel/Palestine in New York City,” The Nation, February 22, 2013
  • “What’s Right with Utah?” The Nation, June 24, 2009
    (Nominated for a GLAAD Media Journalism Award)
  • “Beyond Gay Marriage,” with Richard Kim, The Nation, July 18, 2005
  • “Holy Matrimony!” The Nation, March 15, 2004
  • “Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working Class Resentment” New Labor Forum, 13:3, 2004
  • “Dreaming Democracy,” New Literary History special
    issue, “Is There Life After Identity Politics?” vol. 31, #4, 2000
  • Afterward for Out At Work, edited by Kitty Krupat and
    Patrick McCreery (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)
  • “Queering the State,” Social Text no. 39, 1994
  • “Making It Perfectly Queer: Theory, Politics, and Paradox in the Gay 90s,” Socialist Review 92/1, 1992
  • “Censorship in the Name of Feminism,” in Caught Looking: Feminism, Pornography and Censorship (New York: Caught Looking, Inc., 1986)

Selected Lectures and Conference Panels

  • “Up Against the ‘Wall’: Intersectional Organizing Against the Global Right,” Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Launch, University of Dublin, Ireland, Keynote speaker and seminar leader, April, 2017
  • “Reclaiming Critique in Times of Crisis,” Network of Women’s Studies in Europe (NOISE), Plenary Lecturer and Faculty Member, August, 2017
  • “A New Social Contract,” National Economic and Social Rights, The New School, panelist, November, 2016
  • “Beyond Marriage Equality,” New York Public Library mini-conference, panel participant, April 2017
  • “Gender Justice and Neoliberalism,” Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagan, plenary panel participant, May 2017
  • “Rise of the Global Right,” Global South Institute, Pratt Institute, panelist, October 2017
  • “Normativity and Queer Studies,” American University of Beirut, Gender Studies, Nov. 10, 2016
  • CLAGS/CUNY After Marriage? Oct. 102, 2016
    Closing Plenary participation
  • “Mental States: Diagnosing the War on Terror,” American University of Beirut, Transnational American Studies, Jan. 2016
  • “To Grexit or Not to Grexit,” Democracy Rising Conference, Athens, Greece, reported in The Nation, July 30, 2015
  • “The Fun and the Fury of Transforming American Studies,” American Studies conference, November 2014.
  • “Gender, Justice and Neoliberalism,” Keynote Lecture, Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Prague, The Czech Republic, Nov. 11, 2013
  • “The Queerness of Occupy Wall Street,” Plenary Lecture, Queering Paradigms IV, Rio de Janeiro, July 24-28, 2012
  • “Freak Flags and Freedom Fighters,” Keynote Lecture for Tanner Center for Non-Violence Conference on Controlling Sexuality, University of Utah, Feb. 25, 2010
  • 10th Annual David Noble Lecture, AmericanStudies, University of Minnesota, April 2005: Neoliberal Citizenship and Marriage Politics”

Conference and Workshop Organizing

  • Co-Chair,
    “The Fun and the Fury,” American Studies Association conference, November 2014
  • Co-Director:
    “New Majorities, New Priorities: Differences and Demographics in the 21st Century Academy,” with Kathleen McHugh, Director of the Center for Study of Women, UCLA
  • “American Empire in the Middle East,”
    Workshop and Lecture Series organized by American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, sponsored by NYU Humanities Council, 2006-2007, co-directed with Shiva Balaghi
  • “The Color of Disaster: Race, Class and Hurricane Katrina,”
    A Conference sponsored by Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, October 2005, co-organized with Tricia Rose
  • Primary Organizer:
    Cripistemologies, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, April 19, 2013
  • Local Politics and Global Change:
    Activists and Academics Thinking About a Queer Future, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, CUNY, April 1999