The Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities is dedicated to fostering research and theoretical reflection on the history of sexualities, especially as they intersect with other axes of social difference and inequality.  It promotes inquiry into lesbian, gay, and transgender history and the role of sexuality in the history of the self, culture, nation, and empire.  Based in the Department of History, the Initiative sponsors lectures, workshops, symposia, and collaborative research.

Affiliated faculty teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of sexuality, LGBT history, and gender history, and work closely with students writing dissertations in those and allied fields.  They also work with the Yale libraries to develop archival collections.



October 24, 2019
Lisa Duggan, New York University Thursday, Oct. 24, 5 pm “Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed” The massive popularity of Ayn Rand’s cult novels The Fountainhead (...
September 26, 2019
Durba Mitra, Harvard University Monday, Sept. 26, 4 pm WLH 309 “Indian Sex Life” Mitra shows how ideas of deviant female sexuality, often named as the “prostitute,” became...