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

Courses Taught

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

Honors & Awards

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

Recent Publications

Mumford, K. (2019). The lessons of stonewall fifty years later. QED, 6(2), 85-89.

Mumford, K. J. (2018). Review: D. G. White's Lost in the U.S.A.: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March. Journal of American History, 105(1), 209-210.

Mumford, K. (2016). Comment on David Roediger's Seizing Freedom: slave emancipation and liberty for all. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(3), 347-351.

Mumford, K. (2016). Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis. (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Mumford, K. (2015). Review: C. B. Hanhardt's Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. American Historical Review, 120(4), 1520-1521.

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