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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John D`Emilio  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Bronx, New York


-- John D`Emilio on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=john++d%60emilio


Illinois Connection

D'Emilio is a professor of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

D'Emilio is one of the leading and best-known scholars in the area of GLBT studies. Many scholars consider him to be one of the founders of GLBT studies. In addition to being a scholar, he is a social activist who has dedicated a considerable amount of time to various activities helping both GLBT and mainstream social causes. D'Emilio is a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago where his teaching centers on US history and gender studies.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Civil Rights Struggle: Leaders in Profile
ISBN: 0871964600

TBS The Book Service Ltd. 1980

Book by D'Emilio, John

Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: Second Edition
ISBN: 0226142671

University of Chicago Press. 1998

With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature.

"How many students of American political culture know that during the McCarthy era more people lost their jobs for being alleged homosexuals than for being Communists? . . . These facts are part of the heretofore obscure history of homosexuality in America—a history that John D'Emilio thoroughly documents in this important book."—George DeStefano, Nation

"John D'Emilio provides homosexual political struggles with something that every movement requires—a sympathetic history rendered in a dispassionate voice."—New York Times Book Review

"A milestone in the history of the American gay movement."—Rudy Kikel, Boston Globe

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America
ISBN: 0226142647

University Of Chicago Press. 1998

The first full length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offers trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans, from colonial times to today. D'Emilio and Freedman give us a deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history.

"The book John D'Emilio co-wrote with Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when, writing for a majority of court on July 26, he and his colleagues struck down a Texas law criminalizing sodomy. The decision was widely hailed as a victory for gay rights—and it derived in part, according to Kennedy's written comments, from the information he gleaned from D'Emilio's book, which traces the history of American perspectives on sexual relationships from the nation's founding through the present day. The justice mentioned Intimate Matters specifically in the court's decision."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating. . . . [D'Emilio and Freedman] marshall their material to chart a gradual but decisive shift in the way Americans have understood sex and its meaning in their lives." —Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

"With comprehensiveness and care . . . D'Emilio and Freedman have surveyed the sexual patterns for an entire nation across four centuries." —Martin Bauml Duberman, Nation

"Intimate Matters is comprehensive, meticulous and intelligent." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"This book is remarkable. . . . [Intimate Matters] is bound to become the definitive survey of American sexual history for years to come." —Roy Porter, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture
ISBN: 0822329468

Duke Univ Pr (Tx). 2003

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
ISBN: 0226142698

University of Chicago Press. 2004

One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history's Lost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followed, or were followed by those he never meant to help.


Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination
  • Brudner Prize at Yale University, 2005
  • The World Turned

    • Lambda Editor`s Choice Award Literary Award, 2002
    Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities

    • Stonewall Book Award, 1984
    Lost Prophet

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    , contact University of Illinois, Chicago Dept. of Gender and Women`s Studies