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Kevin Mumford

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Contact Information

446G Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801


Research Interests

Race Relations, African American, History of Sexuality

Research Description

My research focuses on race, politics, and sexuality in modern America, and how struggles over social difference and belonging unfolded in cities and institutions.  I am also interested in the writing of biography and public history, particularly in how historians can address important social issues for audiences within and outside the university.


B.A. University of Wisconsin--Madison
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University


Fulbright Senior Scholar, Erfurt Universitait, Germany, 2011
Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2008
Schomburg Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NEH Library Award, 2005

Awards and Honors

The Binkley-Stephenson Award, Organization of American Historians, 2011
The Audre Lorde Prize, American Historical Association, 2011

Courses Taught

Problems in African American History
Constructions of Race
Postwar America
The Seventies

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, History

Recent Publications

Mumford, K. (Accepted/In press). Re-centering Race and Class in the "Queer Career". Modern American History.

Mumford, K. (2020). Black Gay Lives Matter: Mobilizing Sexual Identities in the Eras of Reagan and Thatcher Conservatism. In J. Bell (Ed.), Beyond the Politics of the Closet: Gay Rights and the American State Since the 1970s (pp. 118-138). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Mumford, K. (2019). Introduction. Journal of African American History, 104(2), 171-175.

Mumford, K. (Ed.) (2019). LGBT Themes in African American History. Journal of African American History, 104(2).

Mumford, K. (2019). Review: P.B. Levy's The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America during the 1960s. American Historical Review, 124(5), 1919-1919.

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