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Ph.D. – Yale University, 1989
B.A. – Yale University 1977
Interests and Research
George Chauncey, DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History and director of the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities, works on the history of gender, sexuality, and the city, with a particular focus on American LGBTQ history. He is the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate over Gay Equality. Since 1993, he has participated as an expert witness in more than thirty gay rights cases, including Romer v. Evans (1996), Lawrence v. Texas (2003), and the marriage equality cases decided by the Supreme Court in 2013 and 2015. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the New-York Historical Society and has served as historical consultant to several public history projects, including exhibitions, lecture series, and teacher training programs at the New York Public Library, Chicago History Museum, and Library of Congress. He has also been interviewed for numerous documentary films and written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. Before coming to Columbia in fall 2017, he taught at the University of Chicago and at Yale University, where he served as chair of the History Department and chair of the Committee for LGBT Studies and was awarded Yale’s prize for teaching excellence in the humanities. He is currently completing a book on gay male culture, politics, and everyday life in the segregated neighborhoods of postwar New York City. In 2022, the Library of Congress awarded him the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.
Books and Edited Volumes
Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994; HarperCollins/U.K., 1995; French translation by Didier Eribon, Fayard, 2003). Winner of five book awards, including the Merle Curti Award in social history (OAH), Frederick Jackson Turner Prize (OAH), Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, and Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Studies.
Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate Over Gay Equality(Basic Books, 2004; Japanese translation, Akashi Shoten, 2006)
Editor (with Elizabeth Povinelli), “Thinking Sexuality Transnationally,” special issue ofGLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (1999)
Editor (with Martin Duberman and Martha Vicinus),Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (New American Library, 1989; Turkish translation, Siyasal, 2002)