LGBT Studies continues to grow at Princeton. The LGBT Center regularly does programming with academic departments and programs across campus. Many students and faculty include LGBT topics in their academic work, and two place place of note are the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Postdoctoral Fellow in LGBT Studies.
The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of femininity, masculinity, sex roles, gender, sexuality, and the family in societies both past and present. Our courses, which are open to all students, examine gender from a variety of disciplinary perspective. We offer core courses, seminars sponsored by the program, and cross-listed courses, and we also direct students to courses of interest that are based in other programs and departments. A current list of course offerings is available on the program’s website.
Fellowship in LGBT Studies
Fund for Reunion, Inc., the LGBT Alumni Association of Princeton University, and the Society of Fellows are co-sponsors of a three-year postdoctoral fellowship to be awarded to a scholar working on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues in any of the disciplines represented in the Society, and particularly in new and emerging fields.
The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to pursue research in anyscholarly areas that will make a positive contribution toward public discoursearound contemporary LGBT issues. The successful candidate is required to teach one course each semester for the first two years and normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas. In the third year, the fellowteaches only one course and devotes the final semester to full-time research.
The LGBT fellow is also encouraged to share research interests with the wider campus community, with the aim of creating a sustained dialogue on issues related to LGBT equality.
David Minto completed his Ph.D. in History at Yale University in 2014. An interdisciplinary scholar, he also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations. At Princeton he is currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication under the title of Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of postwar Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects. David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (edited by Brian Lewis) and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. This group helped to inspire a second book-length project he is pursuing on sexuality, spies, and domestic and imperial surveillance. At Princeton he will hold the Fund For Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In Spring 2015 he will teach a course on Queer Utopias.