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Abram J. Lewis

Postdoctoral Fellow via Sexualities Project at Northwestern

Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2015
Curriculum Vitae


Principal Research Interest(s):  Histories of Gender and Sexuality, U.S. Social Movement History, Queer and Feminist Theory, Speculative Philosophy


Abram J. Lewis (Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2015) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies and History at Northwestern University. His project, “The Falling Dream: Unreason and Enchantment in the Gay Liberation Movement,” examines queer activist challenges to secularism and reason at the end of the social movement era. He is interested in how experiments with madness, spells, psychic powers, psychedelics, and otherworldly forces helped expand possibilities for thinking and acting during the early onset of neoliberalism. Prior to arriving at Northwestern, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College. AJ is also a founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Project, a community archive working in partnership with the New York Public Library.

Affiliated Programs


Teaching Interests

  • Winter 2017: GSS 321 Queer Feelings; Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Affect.
  • Spring 2017: GSS 321/HIST XXX Race and Sexuality in the US, 1940-Present. 

Recent Awards and Honors 

  • 2016:    Gregory Sprague Prize, Committee on LGBT History, American Historical Association.
  • 2015:    Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize, University of Minnesota.
  • 2013:    Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota.
  • 2012:    Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars Grant, New York Public Library.
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