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

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