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 an associate professor of U.S. history. His first book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Penn, 2016; paperback, August 2017), won the 2017 John Boswell Prize for the outstanding book in the field of LGBT history, awarded by the American Historical Association Committee on LGBT History. He is now working on the first book-length study of the scandal surrounding the 1964 arrest of White House aide Walter Jenkins on disorderly conduct charges. In 2017-2018, he is a visiting fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project.

Stewart-Winter's work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Gender & History, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. His essay “The Gay Rights President” is forthcoming in The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment, edited by Julian Zelizer (Princeton, March 2018).

He also writes regularly about LGBTQ politics and history for a wider audience, including op-eds in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Star-Ledger (N.J.), and commentaries in Dissent and Slate. He has appeared on “All Things Considered" (NPR), and was interviewed about Queer Clout on “Chicago Tonight” (WTTW television) and “Morning Drive” (WBEZ radio).

Stewart-Winter received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, and has received support from the Jacob K. Javits fellowship, the ACLS/Mellon foundation, the James C. Hormel fellowship, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

Follow him on Twitter: @timothysw


  • 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
    Senior Seminar: Civil Rights and Social Movements

    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, 2016; paperback, August 2017)

    • Winner of the 2017 American Historical Association Committee on LGBT History John Boswell Prize

    • Finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Studies

    Selected Articles

    “After Marriage Equality, What?” Dissent 62.4 (2015): 76-79

    “The Price of Gay Marriage,” New York Times, June 28, 2015

    "The Law and Order Origins of Urban Gay Politics," Journal of Urban History 41.5 (2015): 1-11

    “Queer Law and Order: Sex, Criminality, and Policing in the Late Twentieth Century United States,” Journal of American History 102.1 (2015): 61-72

    “A Community’s Response to the Problem of Invisibility: The Queer Newark Oral History Project,” QED 1.2 (2014): 1-14 (co-written with Darnell L. Moore, Beryl Satter, and Whitney Strub)

    “Picturing Same-Sex Marriage in the Antebellum United States: The Union of ‘Two Most Excellent Men’ in Longstreet’s ‘A Sage Conversation,’” Journal of the History of Sexuality 19.2 (2010): 197-222 (co-written with Simon Stern)

    “Not a Soldier, Not a Slacker: Conscientious Objectors and Male Citizenship in the United States during the Second World War,” Gender & History 19.3 (2007): 519-542

  • Awards

    John Boswell Prize, 2017 (for Queer Clout)

    Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2017 (for Queer Clout)

    Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Moody Research Grant, 2016

    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2008-2009

    James C. Hormel Fellowship in Lesbian & Gay Studies, 2007-2008

    Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2003-2007

  • Expertise

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

  • Files

  • 973-353-1914
  • 314 Conklin Hall
    175 University Ave.
    Newark, NJ 07102