David Halperin

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

3187 Angell Hall 435 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Office Location(s): 3187 Angell Hall
Office Hours: None this term
Phone: 734.647.5884
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  • Fields of Study
    • Ancient Greece and Rome
    • history of sexuality, lesbian/gay/queer studies.
  • About

    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, and he has played a role in the institutionalization of queer studies within the academy. He is the author or editor of eight books, including One Hundred Years of Homosexuality, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, Saint Foucault, How To Do the History of Homosexuality,  and Gay Shame.  Among his courses is the notorious "How to be Gay:  Male Homosexuality and Initiation," which examines gay male sexuality and identity from the perspective not of sex but of social practices and cultural identifications, and is the topic of his forthcoming book of the same title.

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