Esther Newton

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Term Professor of Women's Studies and American Culture Lecturer IV

2231 Lane Hall 204 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Office Location(s): 2231 Lane Hall
Phone: 734.936.5762
Fax: 734.647.4943
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty: Department of Women's Studies
    • Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC)
    • Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor, Purchase College, State University of New York
  • Fields of Study
    • American Culture
    • Gender and sexuality
    • LGBT Studies
  • About

    Esther Newton is Term Professor of American Culture and Women's Studies.  She is also Professor of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor Emerita at Purchase College, SUNY.  She was a founder of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Program at Purchase College, the author of numerous articles and of Mother Camp:  Female Impersonators in America;  Cherry Grove, Fire Island:  60 Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town and Margaret Mead Made Me Gay:  Personal Essays, Public Ideas.  The last two won the Ruth Benedict Award of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association.  Her next project is a memoir, My Butch Career. She is a Michigan alum, class of '62.

  • Education
    • University of Michigan, 1962
    • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1968 (Anthropology)