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Rachel Corbman
PhD Student, 2014- present


 Humanities Building 2059
  Office Hours: 
 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
Advisor:  Victoria Hesford
Committee:     Victoria Hesford Liz Montegary Lisa Diedrich Nancy TomesKadji Amin Jennifer Nash   (outside reader)
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 Feminist Formations, 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 special collections


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 (forthcoming). 

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 and Organizing,"  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" The  Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Volume 1, Article 1.

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Courses Offered: 
Fall 2016,  Histories of Feminism  (WST 301)
Spring 2017,   Histories of SUNY and CUNY  (WST 398) 

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