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College of Arts and Sciences

Stephen Vider

Assistant Professor, History, Director of the Public History Initiative

 Stephen Vider

Academic focus:

Twentieth century United States; public history; histories of gender, sexuality, and race

Current research project: 

“The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity After World War II” (under contract with University of Chicago Press). The book traces the various ways LGBT people adapted domestic spaces, relationships, and ideals as a way of negotiating their larger relationship to American society and politics, from the 1940s to the present.

Previous positions:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, History, museum studies, and gender and sexuality studies, Bryn Mawr College, 2017-2019
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Museum of the City of New York, 2015-2017
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Sexuality, Yale University, 2013-2015

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., History of American civilization, secondary field in women, gender, and sexuality studies,Harvard University, 2013
  • M.A., English, Harvard University, 2010
  • B.A., English and psychology, Yale University, 2003

Last book read:

“We the Animals” by Justin Torres

In your own time/when not working:

Visiting museums, baking, swimming

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Introduction to Public History, Making Public Queer History, Mental Health and Mental Illness in the United States, LGBTQ+ History in the United States

What most excites you about Cornell:

Working with undergraduate and graduate students across departments to think about how and why history matters.