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Profile: David Halperin

Title: W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality
Ph.D., Stanford  1980
B.A., Oberlin College 1973

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

The history and theory of homosexuality; classical studies and its relation to contemporary cultural history; gay men's cultural practices and subjectivity; HIV/AIDS.


The War on Sex, edited with Trevor Hoppe (Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2017); How To Be Gay (Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012); Gay Shame, edited with Valerie Traub (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2009); What Do Gay Men WantAn Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2007; rev. ed. 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).
  • San Foucault. Verso un'agiografia gay
  • Essere gay. Identit√†, stereotipi, cultura
  • How to Be Gay
  • Que Veulent les Gays? Essai sur le Sexe, le Risque et la Subjectivit√©
  • Gay Shame

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