David Palmer

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BA Rutgers University, 2000
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

David Palmer’s research interests are in modern U.S. history, with a focus on sexuality, gender, intellectual, and cultural history. His current project draws from nearly one-hundred different lesbian and gay periodicals published since the 1960s to show how ideas of sexual difference and identity provided intellectual points of reference for grassroots activists to rethink and rework the presumed limits of political possibility. He argues that by emphasizing a lesbian or gay male perspective, writers did more than add queer voices to existing political discussions: they altered the terms of those discussions and provided new approaches to addressing everyday social issues.

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Notable Publication

  • “AIDS, Gay Male Sexual Ethics, and Queer Geopolitics,” Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine 2 (Spring 2012), 64–75

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 127—American History to 1865
  • HIST 128—American History since 1865
  • HIST 356—U.S Women’s History, 1865 to the Present
  • HIST 358—American Sexualities
  • HIST 490—Special Topic: U.S. LGBT Histories
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