PhD Student, 2014- present
Humanities Building 2059
Tue. and Thu. 12:00- 1:30 p.m.
Advanced Certificate, Archives, New York University, 2013
MA, Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012
BA, Liberal Arts, The New School, 2010
Rachel Corbman is a doctoral candidate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at
Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist and queer
studies; the history of U.S. social movements; feminist and LGBTQ activism; and critical
university studies. Her dissertation "Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of
Feminist Field Formation, 1969-1989" uses conferences to trace the intellectual and
infrastructural history of feminist and queer field formation, spanning the institutionalization
of the first women's studies programs in the 1970s and the development of gay and
lesbian studies in the late 1980s. This project has been supported by grants from
Stony Brook's GSEU professional development award (2016), the Sallie Bingham Center
(2017), the Schlesinger Library (2017), and a CLAGS fellowship award (2017). She's published
articles in feminist, LGBTQ, and archival journals such as
The Journal of Lesbian Studies, and
the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, while her book reviews have appeared in journals such as
QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking,
the Journal of Homosexuality,
the Sociological Review, and
Callaloo. In addition to her academic work, Rachel is on the coordinating committee of the
Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 1974, LHA houses
the oldest and largest historical lesbian collection in the world. At LHA, she is
specifically responsible for maintaining the more than four hundred collections of
personal papers and organizational records that comprise the archive's
2018, "Remediating Disability Activism in the Lesbian Feminist Archive," C
ontinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, special issue on “Thinking Beyond the Backlash: Remediating 1980s Activisms,” 32.2
2016, "Getting from Then to Now: Sustaining the Lesbian Herstory Archives as a Lesbian
Organization," co-written with Deborah Edel, Morgan Gwenwald, Joan Nestle, Flavia
Rando, Shawnta Smith-Cruz, and Polly Thistlethwaite, special issue on "Lesbian Organizations
The Journal of Lesbian Studies, 20.2: 213-233.
2016, "The Scholars and the Feminists: The Barnard Sex Conference and the History
of the Institutionalization of Feminism," special issue on "Institutional Feelings:
Practicing Women's Studies in the Corporate University,"
Feminist Formations, 27.3: 49-80.
2014, "A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Volume 1, Article 1.