Documenting the Stonewall Riots: Marc Stein Bio

            Marc Stein is an award-winning historian who has authored five scholarly books and edited a three-volume encyclopedia on LGBT history. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Stein’s first monograph, City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000), was the first book-length study of gay and lesbian history in a major U.S. city. He then served as the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of LGBT History in America (Scribners, 2003), which won four major awards for reference works. His second monograph, Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), is generally regarded as the definitive study of Boutilier v. the Immigration and Naturalization Service (1967). Stein’s third book, Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012), provides a broadly synthetic account of LGBT political activism from 1950 to 1990; a second edition was published in 2023. In 2017, Stein served as the guest editor of the “Homophile Internationalism” issue of the Journal of Homosexuality. The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History (NYU Press, 2019), which covers the years from 1965 to 1973, is the first primary source reader of its kind. Queer Public History: Essays on Scholarly Activism (University of California Press, 2023) collects more than thirty of Stein’s essays and explores the development of LGBT history as a field of study over the last fifty years.

            Stein has chaired both the Committee on LGBT History (a membership organization affiliated with the American Historical Association) and the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories (a standing committee of the Organization of American Historians). He is a former coordinating editor of the Boston-based Gay Community News, a former coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at York University in Toronto, and a former member of the board of directors of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Stein currently serves as an advisory board member of the John Wilcox Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, an editorial advisory board member of the Justice, Politics, and Power book series at the University of North Carolina Press, and an editorial advisory board member of the Journal of Civil and Human Rights. Stein has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, and York University; since 2014 he has been the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at Francisco State University, where he coordinates the university’s annual “Rights and Wrongs” Constitution and Citizenship Day conference. He is the coeditor of Queer Pasts, a digital history platform published by Alexander Street/ProQuest, and the director of OutHistory.