Phil Zwickler Memorial Grant Winners


  • Tamara Chaplin, Associate Professor, Modern European History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Desiring Women: Lesbians, Media, and the Struggle for Visibility in Postwar France.”
  • Javier Fernandez Galeano, Ph.D. student, Brown University.Transnational Histories of Activism: Exchanges and Solidarity between Activists for Sexual Liberation in Argentina, the United States, and Spain.”
  • Elisabeth George, Graduate student, SUNY Buffalo. “Queer Life in the Queen City and Beyond: Resistance, Space, and Community Mobilization in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, 1945-2003.”
  • James Kirchick, Journalist, Yale University ’06. The Tribe: The Secret History of Gay Washington.
  • Amanda Littauer, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. “Queer Youth in the Mid-Twentieth Century.”
  • J. Todd Ormsbee, Associate Professor of American Studies, San Jose State University. “‘Your Asshole is Political’: Queercore and the Musical (Re)Making of Gay Community & Politics.”
  • Sarah Prager, LGBTQ activist, Boston University ‘08. “Quist: The LGBTQ History App. ”
  • Caroline E. Radesky, Ph.D. student, Department of History, Iowa University. “Feeling Historical: Same-Sex Desire and the Politics of History.”


  • Austin Bunn , Assistant Professor, Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University. "In the Hollow."
  • T. Jackie Cuevas , Assistant Professor, English, University of Texas at San Antonio. "Trans-ing the Borderlands: Genderqueerness and the Limits of Latinidad."
  • Scott De Orio , Ph.D. Candidate, History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan. "The Politics of Sex Offenders in the United States since the 1960s."
  • Hallie Lieberman , Ph.D. Candidate, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin - Madison. "Constructing Meaning with Commodities: How Feminists Shaped the Sexual Device Industry in America, 1970-1995."
  • Zein Murib , Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, University of Minnesota. "Brokering Identity: Examining the Influence of Interest Group Coalitions on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Civic Membership."
  • Joseph M. Ortiz , Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso. "Gordon Merrick and the Great American Gay Novel."
  • Marie Pecorari , Associate Professor, Paris - Sorbonne Université. "Untouchables: AIDS Bodies and the American Way of Death (1975-2000)."
  • Helis Sikk , Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, The College of William and Mary. "The State of Hate: Affective Economies of Anti-LGBTQ Violence beyond New York City."
  • Emily Skidmore , Assistant Professor of History, Texas Tech University. "Exceptional Queerness: Female-Bodied Men and Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century."
  • Stephen Vider , Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Sexuality, Department of History, Yale University. "No Place like Home: A Cultural History of Gay Domesticity, 1948-1993."


  • Julie R. Enszer, PhD Candidate, Women's Studies, University of Maryland. The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives: Lesbian Print Culture in the United States from 1969 until 1989.
  • Marie-Amelie George, PhD candidate, History, Yale. Deviant Justice: Gay Rights and Mental Health in Twentieth-Century America.
  • Carol Lautier, PhD Candidate, American Studies, George Washington University. Faith’s Queer Pleasures: Race, Faith and Sexuality in Late 20th Century American Religious Identity.
  • Devin McGeehan Muchmore, PhD candidate, American Studies, Yale. The Pleasure Economy: Erotic Entrepreneurs and American Liberalism, 1960-1980.  
  • Dan Royles, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Temple University. Don’t We Die Too?: the Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism.


  • Jaime Cantrell, Ph.D. candidate, English, Louisiana State University. Rethinking Canonicity, Queerly: Sexuality and Sociality in Southern Literary Productions.
  • Leigh Goldstein, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University Broadcasting Sex Ed: Sexual Counseling on American Television, 1958-1964. (Using Joyce Brothers papers)  John Ibson, Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton "The Mourning After: Putting Space between Males in 1950s America"


  • Alyssa Ann Samek, Graduate student in Communication, University of Maryland. “Crafting Queer Identity and Envisioning Liberation at the Intersections: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1970s Lesbian-Feminist Public Discourse.”
  • Scott de Groot, Graduate student in History, Queen’s University, Canada. “Out of the Closet and into Print: Gay Liberation and the Politics of Knowledge.”
  • David K. Johnson, Associate Professor of History, University of South Florida. “Buying Gay: Consumer Culture and Identity Formation before Stonewall.”


  • Brian Distelberg, Graduate student in History, Yale University. “Minority Activists, the Mass Media, and the Politics of Anti-Defamation, 1940s-1990s.”
  • Sean F. Edgecomb, Lecturer of Drama, Tufts University. “‘Christopher Street After Dark’: Gay Theatre Culture in Print, 1970-1980.”
  • Christina B. Hanhardt, Assistant Professor of American Studies, LGBT Studies, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. “‘Safe Space’: The Sexual and City Politics of Violence.”
  • Abram J. Lewis, Graduate student in American Studies, University of Minnesota. “‘A Certain Acceptable Way of Life:’ Locating Gender Minority Politics in Post-Stonewall LGBT Activist History.”
  • Tim Retzloff, Graduate student in History, Yale University. “Suburb, City, and the Changing Bounds of Lesbian and Gay Life in Metropolitan Detroit, 1945-1985.”
  • Nathan Andrew Wilson, Graduate student in History, York University, Canada. “Hitler, Homosexuality, and the Holocaust —The Politics of Memory in West Germany and the United States.”


  • Lauren J. Gutterman, Graduate student in History, New York University. “Stranger on Lesbos: Valerie Taylor and the Lesbian Wife in Cold War America.”
  • Whitney Strub, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies/American Studies Programs, Temple University. “Obscenity, Heteronormativity, and Queer Resistance.”

Human Sexuality Collection Research Support Grant.

  • Elizabeth O'Gorek, Graduate student, York University. “Masculine Identities in American Print Pornography, 1945-1984: From Playboy to the V.C.R.”


  • Amy L. Stone, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. "The Institutionalization of LGBT Ballot Campaign Strategies."
  • David B. Green, Jr., Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Queering Civil Rights, Coloring Stonewall: A History of Queer Interracial Organizing, 1963-1980."


  • Stefanie Snider, doctoral student in Art History, University of Southern California, "Imag(in)ing Subcultural Bodies: Fat and Queer Subjects in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, 1970-Present."
  • Scott Morgensen, Asst. Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Macalester College, to continue his prior research at Cornell on early gay and lesbian activism by women and people of color. "We Are Everywhere: Imagining Collective Organizing in the National Gay Task Force, 1973-1979."
  • Robert Beachy, Associate Professor of History, Goucher College, "Berlin: Gay Metropolis, 1860-1933."


  • Mark Abraham, graduate student in History and Theory of Gender and Sexuality at York University, Toronto, Canada, "Bodies on the Line: Sex and the American Counterculture, 1965-1975."
  • David Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida, "Buying Gay: Gay Mass Consumption and Identity before Stonewall."
  • Mark Meinke, Founder & Principal Researcher, Rainbow History Project. A study of H. Lynn Womack's relationship with the Mattachine Society of Washington and possible links between the Gay Liberation Fronts in Washington, DC and New York City.


  • Tim Retzloff, undergraduate student at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, "'It Was Just Unheard Of': Suburbanization and the Shaping of Gay and Lesbian Community in Metro Detroit."
  • Gill Frank, graduate student in American Civilization at Brown University, "'Save the Children': The Sexual Politics of Child Protection in the United States, 1969-1989."
  • Prof. Chet Meeks, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University, "'Normal Gay Citizen': GLAAD, Positive Visibility, and the Transformation of American Sexual Culture."


  • Heather Murray, graduate student University of Massachusetts-Amherst, "Family Life in the Suburbs of Human Contempt: Gay Lives Within and Beyond the Family, 1950s-90s."
  • Richard M. Juang, Asst. Prof. Department of English, Susquehanna University, "Transgender Recognition."
  • Scott Morgensen, Asst. Prof. in LGBT Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Dept. Macalester College, "Imagining the Indigenous in Queer Politics."
  • Danielle M. DeMuth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College, "Lesbian Literary History and the Limits of Reading Literature as History, We Don't Read the Literature Anymore."


  • Christina B. Hanhardt, New York University American Studies graduate student. "'Safe Space': Sexual Minorities, Uneven Development, and the Politics of Anti-Violence."
  • Richard Meyer, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Southern California. "Secret Histories at Art."
  • Anne Enke, Asst. Prof. of History and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin ­ Madison. “Sexuality and Black Cultural Politics in Detroit, 1950-1980.”


  • William B. Turner, Assistant Professor of History at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, "The New Civil Rights: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Politics and Policy in the United States, 1975-2000."
  • Leisa D. Meyer, Associate Professor of History at The College of William & Mary, for her proposal "Sexuality in America: A History Since World War II."
  • Dermot Feenan, a visiting researcher from the University of Ulster Law School in Northern Ireland, "Gay and Lesbian Activism: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Challenges to Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation."