Queer History of Colleges and Universities: Bibliography



Stephan L. Cohen, The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York: “An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail” (New York: Routledge, 2008)

Jonathan Coley, Gays on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Patrick Dilley, Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: Early Non-Heterosexual Student Organizing at Midwestern Universities (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual College Men, 1945-2000 (New York: Routledge, 2002)

Karen Graves, “‘So, You Think You Have a History?’: Taking a Q from Lesbian and Gay Studies in Writing Education History,” History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 4 (Nov. 2012): 465-87.

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “The History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Issues in Higher Education,” in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, ed. Michael B. Paulsen (New York: Springer, 2018), 127-73

Ian Lekus, “Queer Harvests: Homosexuality, the U.S. New Left, and the Venceremos Brigades to Cuba,” Radical History Review, no. 89 (Spring 2004): 57–91

Nicholas L. Syrett, The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009)


Specific States/Institutions


Lisa Arellano, "'Are They Really?'" Queer Life at Mills, 1900-1980 (Queer Pasts, 2023) [Mills College]

Beth Bailey, Sex in the Heartland (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999) [University of Kansas]

Genny Beemyn, “The Silence Is Broken: A History of the First Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Student Groups,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 12, no. 2 (Apr. 2003): 205–23 [Cornell University]

Stacy Braukman, Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee, 1956-1965 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012) [Florida]

Timothy Reese Cain and Michael S. Hevel, “‘Gay People Pay Activity Fees Too’: The Committee on Gay Education’s Pioneering Legal Victories at the University of Georgia,” Review of Higher Education 45, no. 1 (Fall 2021): 61-91 [University of Georgia]

Jessica Clawson, “‘Existing and Existing in your Face’: Hiram Ruiz and the Pedagogy of Gay Liberation Front in Tallahassee, Florida, 1970-71,” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 29, no. 2 (May 2013): 143-48 [Florida]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “Coming Out of the Campus Closet: The Emerging Visibility of Queer Students at the University of Florida, 1970–1982,” Educational Studies 50, no. 3 (May 2014): 209-30 [University of Florida]

Mary Ellen Ducey, "The Class and the Conflict: Louis Crompton and the Proseminar in Homophile Studies," Nebraska History 104, no. 2 (Summer 2023): 60-75 [University of Nebraska, Lincoln]

David Eisenbach, Gay Power: An American Revolution (New York: Carroll and Graf, 2006) [Columbia University]

Evan Faulkenbury and Aaron Hayworth, “The Carolina Gay Association, Oral History, and Coming Out at the University of North Carolina,” Oral History Review 43, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2016): 115-37 [University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill]

Karen L. Graves, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009) [Florida]

Bruce Johansen, “Out of Silence: FREE, Minnesota’s First Gay Rights Organization,” Minnesota History 66, no. 5 (Spring 2019): 186-201 [University of Minnesota]

Regina Kunzel, “Placing Newton Arvin in Queer History,” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 44, no. 1-2 (Mar. 2018): 82-89 [Smith College]

Margaret A. Nash and Jennifer A. Silverman, “‘An Indelible Mark’: Gay Purges in Higher Education in the 1940s,” History of Education Quarterly 55, no. 4 (Nov. 2015): 441-59 [Universities of Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin]

David Nichols and Morris Kafka-Hozschlag, “The Rutgers University Lesbian/Gay Alliance, 1969-1989: The First Twenty Years,” Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 51, no. 2 (Dec. 1989): 55-95 [Rutgers University]

David Reichard, “Animating Ephemera through Oral History: Interpreting Visual Traces of California Gay College Student Organizing from the 1970s,” Oral History Review 39, no. 1 (Jan. 2012): 37–60 [California]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “Behind the Scenes at The Gayzette: The Gay Student Union and Queer World Making at UCLA in the 1970’s,” Oral History Review 43, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2016): 98-114 [University of California, Los Angeles]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “‘We Can’t Hide and They Are Wrong’: The Society for Homosexual Freedom and the Struggle for Recognition at Sacramento State College, 1969–1971,” Law and History Review 28, no. 3 (Aug. 2010): 629–74 [Sacramento State College]

Douglass Shand-Tucci, The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture (New York: St. Martin’s, 2003) [Harvard University]

Sara Smith-Silverman, “‘Gay Teachers Fight Back!’: Rank-and-File Gay and Lesbian Teachers’ Activism against the Briggs Initiative 1977-1978,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 29, no. 1 (Jan. 2020): 79-107 [Florida]

Kathryn Staley, “Gay Liberation Comes to Appalachian State University (1969-1979).” Appalachian Journal 39, nos. 1-2 (2011-12): 72-91 [Appalachian State University]

Marc Stein, “Out on Campus: A Collaborative Project on Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ History,” Perspectives on History, Dec. 2022, https://www.historians.org/research-and-publications/perspectives-on-history/december-2022/emout-on-campus/em-a-collaborative-project-on-pennsylvania-lgbtq-history [Pennsylvania]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, "Out on Campus: An Interview with Curator Barry Loveland," History@ Work, 2 and 6 December, https://ncph.org/history-at-work/out-on-campus-an-interview-with-curator-barry-loveland-part-one/ and https://ncph.org/history-at-work/out-on-campus-an-interview-with-curator-barry-loveland-part-two/ [Pennsylvania]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s, Law and Social Inquiry (2022) [Virginia Commonwealth University and 13 other colleges/universities]

_____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, “Teaching and Researching the History of Sexual Politics at San Francisco State, 1969-1970,” California History 98, no. 4 (Winter 2021): 2-29 [San Francisco State University]

Kathleen Weiler, “The Case of Martha Deane: Sexuality and Power at Cold War UCLA,” History of Education Quarterly 47, no. 4 (Nov. 2007): 470-96 [University of California, Los Angeles]