History Program

Robert Dawidoff

Professor of History

Robert Dawidoff

Contact Information



Ph.D., History, Cornell University
M.A., History, Cornell University
B.A., History, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • American intellectual history
  • History of American music and movies
  • Gay and lesbian history
  • History of the South

Teaching Fields

  • American intellectual history
  • History of film
  • Lesbian and gay history
  • History of the South

Current Project(s)

The Bargain: an American History of the Gay Male Closet.

Selected Publications

Making History Matter. (Temple University Press, 2001).

Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America, co-authored with Michael Nava. (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

The Genteel Tradition and the Sacred Rage: High Culture v. Democracy in Adams, James and Santayana. (University of North Carolina Press, 1992).

The Education of John Randolph. (W.W. Norton, 1979).

Additional Information

Professor Dawidoff serves as an advisor to The Santayana Edition and the One Institute of gay and lesbian history in Los Angeles.

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