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Two Yale Professors Are Coming To Columbia Next Fall

The campus Gregg and Chauncey will soon be leaving...

The campus Gregg and Chauncey will soon be leaving…

Yesterday, we were tipped a link to a story in the Yale Daily News about George Chauncey and Ronald Gregg, two Yale professors who will be moving to New York City next fall. Chauncey is a history professor specializing in 20th century American gay and lesbian history, and Gregg, his husband, is a professor of American studies and film and media studies and serves as director of film programming at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center. The couple was well-loved among their colleagues and students.

Chauncey is well known at Yale and beyond for his work in LGBTQ+ studies. His book, “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940”, has won many awards. He’s also contributed to over 30 gay rights legal cases, two of which are the same-sex marriage cases the Supreme Court decided in 2013. Kathryn Lofton, a fellow professor and friend of Chauncey’s at Yale, called him “the leader of gay history in America.” He’s currently working on a second book, then aims to set up international studies on the history of sexuality. Chauncey is moving to NYC partially for the sake of this project – Columbia has a larger internationals student population than Yale. Gregg is famous within his field as well, for his contributions to studies of LGBTQ+ film and aesthetics.

At Yale, Chauncey was popular for his lecture “U.S. Lesbian and Gay History”, abbreviated LesGay; it had over 300 students last semester. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to teach a similar class here at Columbia, but whatever he does teach, it will most likely become very popular, very quickly.

Kale via Yale website

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