LGBTQ History—Supporting Diversity in Research and Teaching, and Why It Matters

Sponsored by ProQuest
Recorded on 09/19/2019

Posted in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)


During this session, Professor Nancy C. Unger will discuss her experiences teaching and researching LGBTQ history. She will provide historical context for today’s issues and explore current research trends, online databases, and the wider cultural significance of LGBTQ and diversity studies. In 2007, Prof. Unger wrote in the Journal of American History that her motivation to teach LGBTQ history began in 1986 when a student wrote a review of John D’Emilio’s Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities and noted, “As a gay man, I didn’t know I had a history.” She’s been teaching “Gays/Lesbians in U.S. History” since 2002.


Nancy C. Unger
Nancy C. Unger is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Santa Clara University. She’s the author of two award-winning biographies, Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer; and Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Her book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History includes a chapter on lesbian alternative environments and was a California Book Award finalist. With Christopher McKnight Nichols she edited A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and essays on the history of progressive reform as well as gender issues. Her op-eds applying lessons of the LGBTQ past to present-day problems have appeared in venues including, NursingClio, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Her illustrated talk on the importance of gay bars in American history and a sample LGBTQ History class were both nationally broadcast and are available in the C-SPAN TV online library. She has also consulted with Bill Moyers for PBS, and her radio appearances include Public Radio International, National Public Radio, KQED, Air America, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Talking History.

Barbara Olson
Barbara Olson is a Lead Product Marketing Manager for ProQuest, responsible for the 400+ Primary Sources and Historical Collections in the ProQuest portfolio. Barbara has over 30 years of marketing experience that includes digital marketing, database marketing and market research. At ProQuest since 2011, Barbara has held many roles including managing the North America Product Marketing team. Prior to her tenure at ProQuest, Barbara was the Marketing Director at the University of Michigan Business School – Executive Education.