Emily K. Hobson

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2009, University of Southern California (American Studies & Ethnicity)


MSS 124D (in Gender, Race, & Identity Studies)


I am an Assistant Professor of History and Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a historian, I analyze the changing politics of sexuality, race, and radical movements in the United States since 1945; as an interdisciplinary scholar, I draw on and contribute to the fields of American Studies, queer studies, and critical ethnic studies. My research centers on the interconnections between seemingly disparate politics and movements. My teaching traverses topics including LGBT/queer history, the history of sexuality, social movements in the long 1960s forward, multiracial and transnational feminisms, the post-World War II United States, U.S.-Latin America borderlands, and gender, queer, and critical ethnic studies.

My first book is Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (University of California Press, 2016).  This work draws on archival research and oral histories to analyzes gay, lesbian, and queer radicalism from the late 1960s through the end of the Cold War. To learn more about Lavender and Red, please access the UC Press page; for book events, please email me at ehobson@unr.edu.

Beyond Lavender and Red, I have published articles and chapters on topics including the policing of sexuality and race in 1950s Los Angeles; the 1980s Central American solidarity movement; teaching LGBT history in high schools; transnationalism in LGBT history; and contemporary Nicaraguan feminisms. My second book will examine the ties between AIDS activism and prison radicalism in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, I am working with Dan Berger to create Finding the Struggle, a primary source anthology of U.S. radical movements from 1970 to 2001 (under contract, University of Georgia Press). For details on publications and a current CV, see my Academia.edu page.


I am both a scholar and participant of social movements, and I spent several years in grassroots community organizing prior to becoming a professor. I see the university as very much part of the real world, and approach the classroom as a laboratory from which to critically analyze questions of oppression, resistance, and justice. I serve as the advisor to two UNR student organizations, the Reno Justice Coalition and VOX: Planned Parenthood, and am active in planning UNR events that bridge the campus and local community.



  • HIST 215: History of Sexuality in the United States
  • HIST/WMST 493: Queer History and Theory
  • HIST 416B/616B: Contemporary America: the United States Since 1945
  • HIST 781: Historiography of the Americas
  • WMST 250: Feminist Theory
  • GRI 257: Social Movements of Gender, Race, and Identity
  • GRI 712: Theories of Identity and Difference
  • GRI 730: Theories of Oppression
  • Undergraduate Thesis in History and in Women’s Studies
  • Graduate Advising – MA/PhD in History; Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity