George Chauncey

Author: George Chauncey

Profile: George Chauncey is an author and professor of American History. He is a professor of history at Columbia University. He was born in the year 1954. He is well known for his books, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994).

In 1977 he received his B.A. Degree and in 1989, his Ph.D degree in History from Yale University. He has been professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of History, where he rose from to a full professor of History from an assistant professor in History. In 2017 he joined the department of history at Columbia University, subsequently. He is Director of the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities.

Cultural, political and social history is combined together in his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994) in which he argues that gay culture thrived openly in New York from early twentieth century. A textured and rich account of gay life in urban areas is offered in this book.

Writing style: Besides working on the history of sexuality, gender and the city, George Chauncey focuses specially on the history of American LGBTQ.

Published Texts:


1995 – Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

2005 – Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate Over Gay Equality


Awards and Acknowledgements:

Received fellowships from the National Humanities Centre, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Centre for Scholars and Writers and the American Council of Learned Societies at the New York Public Library.

1987 – Samuel Golieb Fellowship in Legal History, New York University School of Law

1992 – American Council of Learned Societies

1996 – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

1996 – National Humanities Centre

1997-2003 – Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellowship, five Faculty Advisor Awards

1997 – Sprague Todes Literary Award, Gerber-Hart Library

1998 – Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University

1989-1990 – Rutgers Centre for Historical Analysis

2000 – First James Brudner Memorial Award in Lesbian and Gay Studies, Yale University

2001 – Freedom Award, Equality Illinois

2004 – Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library

2007 – Elected, Member, New York Academy of History

2012 – Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, Yale

2015 – Elected, Member, Society of American Historians