Susan Freeman

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Susan K. Freeman
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 
(269) 387-2511
Location: 
3063 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5365
Mailing address: 
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., History, Ohio State University, 2002
  • M.A., Women's Studies, University of Cincinnati, 1995
  • B.A., French and Political Science, Furman University, 1993
Teaching interests: 
  • LGBT, queer and sexuality studies
  • Resisting sexual violence
Research interests: 
  • Queer and trans-inclusive high school and college pedagogies
  • Grassroots activism in gay and lesbian communities
  • History of sexuality and sex education
Bio: 

Dr. Susan Freeman, chair of gender and women's studies at Western Michigan University, engages in historical research about how queer, feminist, anti-violence and other social justice movements have achieved social and cultural change. Her co-edited book with Leila Rupp, Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History (2nd ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 2017) won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology, and she is a contributor to the Queer America podcast series on teaching queer history. She is also the author of Sex Goes to School: Girls and Sex Education in the 1940s and 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Current projects relate to ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Michigan; narratives of sexual violence; institutionalization and precarity in the field of women’s, gender and sexuality studies; and the beginnings of lesbian and gay studies classes on college campuses starting in 1969.