Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
- Feminist theory
- LGBT, queer and sexuality studies
- Grassroots activism in gay and lesbian communities
- History of sexuality and sex education
Dr. Susan Freeman, chair of gender and women's studies at Western Michigan University, studies and teaches about the historical construction of gender and sexual identity, with an emphasis on how feminist, LGBT, and other social justice movements have shaped popular perceptions of sexuality. She is author of Sex Goes to School: Girls and Sex Education in the 1940s and 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and has published articles and book chapters focused on lesbian and gay communities and activism. Prior to joining the faculty of WMU in 2010, Freeman taught at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Florida International University. Combining archival research and oral histories, her current research explores the beginnings of lesbian and gay studies classes starting in 1969. She is also coediting a book with Leila Rupp that guides high school and college teachers on how to incorporate queer content in their history courses.