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 interests include feminist and queer studies;
the history of U.S. social movements; feminist and LGBTQ activisms; and critical university
studies. Her dissertation, "Feminist Conference Archive: The Intellectual and Infrastructural
History of Women's Studies," uses conferences to trace the history of feminist field
formation in the 1970s and 1980s, the two decades immediately following the institutionalization
of the first women's studies programs in U.S. colleges and universites. Her writing
has been published in feminist, queer, 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.
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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