Susan Freeman

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Susan K. Freeman
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
3071 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
  • 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

Dr. Susan Freeman 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). Recent work relates to ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Michigan and examining narratives of sexual violence. Her newest project is Aging and Dying in a Heterosexist World: Queer Endings from Gay Liberation to the COVID-19 Era.