The Committee

The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The name of the committee was changed to Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History in January 2009. Since 1982, the Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference, where we sponsor sessions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. One need not be a member of the AHA to join the Committee.

The Website

On this website, you’ll find:

  • Newsletter: Archives of the Committee’s newsletter from 2005 to the present.
  • Prizes: The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. This page describes those prizes and lists past winners and citations.
  • Syllabi: A collection of recently taught courses by members of the Committee on LGBT History
  • CLGBTH In Action: Includes a database of dissertations in LGBTQ history, reports by the Committee, and programs of past annual meetings and other information regarding the activities of the CLGBTH.
  • Contact UsOur current contact information.

Jay Watkins (he/him), assistant professor of history, College of William & Mary (2024-2026)
Yaari Felber-Seligman (they/them), assistant professor of history, City College of New York (2024-2026)

Executive Director:
Will Kuby (he/him), associate dean of the Honors College & associate professor, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Governing Board:
David Duffield (he/him), History Program Coordinator, Colorado LGBTQ History Project (2022-2024)
Lacey Clark (she/her), Social Studies Teacher and Adjunct Instructor, Weatherford College (2022-2024)
Alex Melody Burnett (she/her), PhD Candidate, History and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2022-2024)
Simon Fisher (he/him), assistant professor of history, Dalhousie University (2022-2024)
Nikita Shepard (they/them), PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University (2024-2026)
Nick Ota-Wang (he/him), historian and certified academic coach, University of Colorado Denver (2024-2026)
Averill Earls (she/her), assistant professor of history, St. Olaf College (2024-2026)
Keira Mac Neill (she/her), Graduate Student, History Department, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2024-2026)

Terms run from January 1 of the first year named through December 31 of the second year named, e.g. January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

Last Updated: 23 May 2024