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Kevin Mumford

Professor of History

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Areas of Specialization

Cultural and Intellectual; African American and Urban

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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

Distinctions / Awards

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


  • 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


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



  • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis. . Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 2016.