George Chauncey

Yale University, PhD

Professor George Chauncey’s primary areas of interest are 20th century United States social, cultural, and urban history; lesbian and gay history; and the history of gender and sexuality. Chauncey taught at the University of Chicago for fifteen years before joining Yale’s History Department in the fall of 2006. He is the co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities, and past chair of Yale’s History Department and LGBT Studies. Chauncey is best known for his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic, 1994), which won the Organisation of American Historians’ prizes for the best book in social history and best first book in any field of US history. He has also published Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate over Gay Equality (Basic, 2004), and co-edited three books and special journal issues. He has participated as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination in more than 30 LGBT rights cases since 1993, including last summer’s case that established the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry and four other cases that reached the Supreme Court. In 2012, he was awarded Yale’s prize for teaching excellence in the humanities.