Profile: Timothy Stewart-Winter

Associate 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 is Associate Professor of U.S. history, specializing in political culture, social movements, and urban history. His first book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), traces the role of big-city municipal politics in the gay movement’s path from the closets to the corridors of power. Queer Clout shifts the scene from the coastal gay meccas to the nation's great inland metropolis, highlighting the key role of policing in LGBT mobilization and the gay movement's debt to African American urban politics. Stewart-Winter co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project and teaches courses in History, American Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies.

His writing has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Gender & History, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Dissent, and he has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered." He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, and has received Jacob K. Javits, ACLS/Mellon, and James C. Hormel fellowships.

Stewart-Winter is now working on two new book projects. The first is a comprehensive study of the scandal that followed from the October 1964 arrest of presidential aide Walter Jenkins—the highest-profile gay sex scandal of the post-World War II “lavender scare” era—by teasing out how gay and lesbian people experienced the scandal, its implications for the regulation and representation of homosexuality in public, and its effects on the nascent homophile movement. The second book will examine the politics of the AIDS crisis in the U.S., focusing on the varieties of stigma, shame, and powerlessness attached to the multiple pathways of transmission; the meanings of illness and death in relation to the changing status of health care and hospitals in an era of austerity; and the emergence of alternative practices of kinship in AIDS-related caregiving.

Follow him on Twitter: @timothysw

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