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. She is co-editor (with Leila Rupp) of Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History (2nd ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 2017) and author of Sex Goes to School: Girls and Sex Education in the 1940s and 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Her current work contests the anti-queer backlash in schools and universities and collects the life stories of queer elders.