Graduate Affiliates

Graduate students affiliated with the CRIGHS work on multiple aspects of the history of sexuality across the world.  They have the opportunity to meet visiting scholars and to organize day-long symposia related to their primary research interests.  The CRIGHS also encourages them to meet other scholars and receive feedback on their work by providing them funds to travel to present their research at conferences in the field, such as the Queer History Conference 2019 at San Francisco State University and the European Social Science History Conference 2020 (History of Sexuality track) at Leiden University (The Netherlands). 

Lucas René Ramos

Lucas René Ramos is a Modern Europeanist in the History Department who focuses on gender and sexuality, with an interest in French and Italian responses to queerness. He plans to further his research on contemporary LGBTQIA+ European issues of ideologia di gender, historicize neo-fascist movements, and uncover the ways surveillance under the Italian fascist regime shaped queer livelihood. He is interested in the new man phenomenon, masculinity, nationalism, activism, queer Marxism, and WWII race theories. Lucas is currently an Institute for Comparative Literature fellow and Diversity Provost fellow. He has been awarded grants from the Mellon Mays Fellowship to do archival work in Italy at L'Archivio Centrale dello Stato (State Archive, Rome), La Fondazione API-Mondadori (Milan), Il Museo del Fumetto (Milan), and Il Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale "Mario Mieli" (Association of Homosexual Culture "Mario Mieli", Rome).

Emily Rutherford

Emily Rutherford’s dissertation is a history of the politics and culture of gender in British universities between 1860 and 1935. It accounts for the disparate but foundational ways that gender difference as a social norm shaped the emergence of a national higher education system in Britain in this period, from the rise of the research university and the politics of private donations to the culture of organized student life and the emotional lives of men and women academics. She also works on the history of male homosexuality in Britain. Her work on homosociality, homosexuality, and elite educational institutions has previously been published in the Journal of British Studies and the Journal of the History of Ideas, and she is beginning work on a second project that seeks to offer a new, alternative genealogy of elite ideas about male homosexuality in modern Britain.

Benjamin Serby

Benjamin Serby is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Columbia, where he is completing his dissertation, Gay Liberation and the Politics of the Self in Postwar America, an intellectual history of the gay liberation movement. Benjamin has taught in Columbia's history department and advised undergraduates through the Center for American Studies since 2013. He was a 2016-2017 fellow in museum education at the Museum of the City of New York, where he taught about social movements in New York City and developed content relating to the exhibitions Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York City and AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism. He has also written LGBTQ-themed public history material for the Jewish Museum, the High Line, the Museum of the City of New York, the Alliance for Downtown Manhattan, and other institutions. His writing has appeared in Jacobin, The Nation, and elsewhere.

Nikita Shepard

Nikita Shepard studies twentieth century US history with a focus on gender and sexuality, LGBTQ communities, social movements, data and surveillance, and radical politics. Their research has engaged topics of queer youth culture and organizing, anarchism and homosexuality, analogies between sexuality and race and the origins of the minority model in the homophile movement, and the politics of data, surveillance, and privacy in the early gay liberation movement. They have received research fellowships from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Texas A&M University, and the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History; worked for the Center for Spatial Research's HNYC digital mapping project and the Columbia Oral History Archives; and founded the Center for the Study of Social Difference's "Data, Algorithms, and Social Justice" working group.