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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 political culture and social movements in the United States, 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 Gender & History, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Los Angeles Times. 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.
Affiliate faculty member, Graduate Program in American Studies and Program in Women's and Gender Studies
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
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009
M.A., University of Chicago, 2003
B.A., Swarthmore College, 2001
Queer Clout: Chicago and the Making of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, in press)
“Queer Law and Order: Sex, Criminality, and Policing in the Late Twentieth Century United States,” Journal of American History 102:1 (forthcoming June 2015)
“The Law and Order Origins of Urban Gay Politics,” Journal of Urban History 41:5 (forthcoming September 2015)
“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
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
James C. Hormel Fellowship in Lesbian and Gay Studies
Modern U.S. history; sexuality and gender; political, social, urban, African American