George Chauncey, '77, '89 PhD
Professor of History
George Chauncey, '77, '89 PhD, is the Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale, where he is also the co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities and past chair of the History Department and the LGBT Studies Committee. Every fall about 250 students take his lecture course on US Lesbian and Gay History, for which Yale awarded him the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in 2012. The author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate over Gay Equality, Professor Chauncey also conducts research on and teaches about the global history of gay and antigay politics. He has served as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination in more than 25 gay rights cases, including the marriage equality cases that were decided by the Supreme Court in the summers of 2013 and 2015.