Profile: Timothy Stewart-Winter

Assistant Professor

Department of History, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Research Interests: Modern U.S. history; sexuality and gender; political, social, urban, African American

Timothy Stewart-Winter (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009) specializes in U.S. political culture and social movements and teaches courses on sexuality and gender, race, politics, and urban history. His first book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, in press), weaves together activism and electoral politics in tracing the gay movement’s long path since the 1950s from the closets to the corridors of power. In the inland metropolis of Chicago, gay migrants remade neighborhoods and challenged police harassment just as a black-led liberal coalition opened city hall to newcomers. Queer Clout sheds new light on the politics of race, religion, and the AIDS crisis, and shows how big-city politics paved the way for the gay movement’s unprecedented successes under the nation’s first African American president.

Stewart-Winter has begun work on a second book project, Sex and Drugs in the AIDS Crisis, which examines the first fifteen years of the AIDS crisis in the U.S. in the context of black and queer history. Focusing on the particular shades of stigma, shame, and powerlessness attached to the multiple pathways of transmission, on the material context of death and dying, and the racial politics of caregiving and dying, the project uses social history methods to reconstruct the AIDS crisis as it unfolded on the ground in an era of austerity.

Stewart-Winter graduated with Highest Honors from Swarthmore College in 2001, and served as a visiting lecturer at Yale University before coming to Rutgers University-Newark. His writing has been published in the Journal of American History, Gender & History, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He is active in the Queer Newark Oral History Project and teaches courses in history, American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies.


  • Associated Programs

    Affiliate faculty member, Graduate Program in American Studies and Program in Women's and Gender Studies

  • Courses Taught

    Contemporary America 
    Introduction to LGBT Studies
    Urban Sexualities in the Modern US

    Introduction to American Studies
    Race and Sexual Politics in Modern America
    Gender in US Politics and Culture Since 1900
    Sexuality and Sexual Politics 

  • Education

    Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009
    M.A., University of Chicago, 2003
    B.A., Swarthmore College, 2001

  • Publications

    Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2016)

    “Queer Law and Order: Sex, Criminality, and Policing in the Late Twentieth Century United States,” Journal of American History 102:1 (June 2015), 61-72

    “Picturing Same-Sex Marriage in the Antebellum United States: The Union of ‘Two Most Excellent Men' in Longstreet's ‘A Sage Conversation'” (coauthored with Simon Stern), Journal of the History of Sexuality 19:2 (May 2010), 197-222

    “Not a Soldier, Not a Slacker: Conscientious Objectors and Male Citizenship in the United States during the Second World War,” Gender & History 19:3 (November 2007), 519-542

  • Awards

    Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    James C. Hormel Fellowship in Lesbian and Gay Studies

  • Expertise

    Modern U.S. history; sexuality and gender; political, social, urban, African American

  • Files