David Halperin

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W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality, Professor of English Language and Literature, Women’s Studies, and Classical Studies

435 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Phone: 734-647-5884
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Professor of English Language & Literature
      Professor of Women's Studies
      Professor of Comparative Literature
  • About

    Areas of research:  History of Sexuality, Lesbian/Gay/Queer Studies
    Languages: French, German, Italian, Russian, Classical Greek, Latin

    David M. Halperin is a classicist by training; his early publications were on Hellenistic Greek poetics and ancient Greek philosophy.  He currently works in the history of sexuality, lesbian and gay studies, and feminist and queer theory.  In addition to co-founding GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, he is the author or editor of ten books, including One Hundred Years of Homosexuality, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, Saint Foucault, How To Do the History of Homosexuality, Gay Shame, How To Be Gay, and The War on Sex.  Among his courses are "The Culture of AIDS," "Ancient Greek/Modern Gay Sexuality," and "Bad Homosexuals."

    Select Publications:

    •  How To Be Gay (Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012).
    • What Do Gay Men Want? An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007; revised edition, 2009).
    • Gay Shame, edited with Valerie Traub (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).
    • How to Do the History of Homosexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002).
    • Saint Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).
    • The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, edited with Henry Abelove and Michèle Aina Barale (New York: Routledge, 1993).
    • Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World, edited with John J. Winkler and Froma I. Zeitlin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990).
    • One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and other essays on Greek Love (New York: Routledge, 1990).
    • Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983).
    • “The Best Lover,” in Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe, ed. Basil Dufallo and Peggy McCracken (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007), 8-21.
    • “Deviant Teaching,” Michigan Feminist Studies, 16 (2002), 1-29; reprinted, with revisions, in A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, ed. George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry (Malden, MA:  Blackwell, 2007), 146-67.


  • Education
    • B.A., Oberlin College 1973
      M.A., Stanford University 1977
      Ph.D., Stanford University 1980