Eric Denby

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Student, Teaching Assistant
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Biography

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign with a focus on 20th century United States LGBT social movements. My masters thesis (completed in May of 2015 at Western Michigan University) is titled Fighting for Inclusion: The Origins of Gay Liberation at the University of Michigan. I explore the ways in which a gay and lesbian community sought to create institutional acceptance in the early 1970s.

Prior to pursuing my college education, I held a variety of positions in marketing, communications, public relations, and sales. The majority of my career was spent in the music industry, mainly as an in-house talent buyer for national and regional entertainment.

Research Description

I am currently interested in LGBTQ activism, resistance, and oppression in secondary education between 1955 and 1990.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, History, Central Michigan University
  • Master of Arts, History, Western Michigan University