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Laurie Marhoefer

Associate professor, Department of History

Politics and elections, Race, equity and identity

Expertise: Gender, sexuality and LGBT/queer politics in the 20th century United States and Europe, and German electoral politics in the 1920s

Laurie Marhoefer is a historian of queer and trans politics. Her 2015 book on fascism and the politics of sex, “Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis,” reexamines the gay and trans rights movements of the 1920s, which were the world’s first. She also writes for the press on topics such as neo-Nazism, queer fascism, and the history of AIDS.

She co-teaches a class on the global history of AIDS. In addition to her primary appointment in the history department, she is affiliated with the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Germanics.


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