"Perverse Ambitions, Deviant Careers: Toward a Queer History of the Modern American Workplace.” Margot Canaday, Princeton University

Monday, March 16, 2015

Margot Canaday is a legal and political historian who studies gender and sexuality in modern America. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her first book, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (Princeton, 2009), won the Organization of American Historians' Ellis Hawley Prize, the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer Award (co-winner), the American Studies Association's Lora Romero Prize, the American Society for Legal History's Cromwell Book Prize, the Committee on LGBT History's John Boswell Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies, as well as the Association of American Law Schools' Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award. Canaday has won fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the Princeton University Society of Fellows, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. With Thomas Sugrue, Glenda Gilmore, Michael Kazin, and Stephen Pitti, she is co-editor of the series Politics and Culture in Modern America at the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Professor Canaday's current research shifts her focus from the state to the economy and takes on the idea that twentieth-century workplaces were part of the "straight world"--zones in which LGBT people historically disappeared.  This study will draw on business, labor, and legal records, as well as memoirs and oral histories, to demonstrate by contrast how workplaces mattered to queer lives in the past.
Visit Canaday’s website.
Presented by the Bernard Mayes LGBTQ Lecture Series of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program.  Co-sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History.

4:00 - 6:00 PM
Monroe 130