PhD Student, 2014- present
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. In 2018-2019, she will serve as an Andrew W. Mellon predoctoral
fellow in women's history at the New-York Historical Society and a Humanities New
York public humanities fellow at Stony Brook.
Her research and teaching interests include feminist and queer studies; the history
of U.S. social movements; feminist and LGBTQ activism; critical university studies;
and disability studies. Her dissertation "Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History
of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-1989" is a history of the acrimonious feminist conflicts
over women's studies and gay and lesbian studies in the United States in the 1970s
and 1980s. Based on extensive archival research at university and community based
archives across the country, this project
has been supported by grants from Stony Brook's Graduate Student Employee Union (2016,
2017), the Sallie Bingham Center (2017), the Schlesinger Library (2017),
and was awarded the CLAGS fellowship award for a dissertation, first book, or second
book in LGBTQ Studies (2018). Her research on feminist and queer history has resulted
in publications in
journals such as
The Journal of Lesbian Studies,
the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, and
Continuum. Her article, "Remediating Disability Activism in the Lesbian Feminist Archive,"
received an honorable mention for the 2018 Gregory Sprauge Prize, which is awarded by
the AHA's Committee on LGBT History for the best article by a graduate student.
n addition to her scholarly work, Rachel is a member of the coordinating committee
of the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA), which houses the oldest and largest lesbian
historical collection in the world. At LHA, she is specifically responsible for the
of personal papers and organizational records. For her public humanities project,
Rachel is curating "The Wide World of Lesbian Cats, 1970-today," an exhibit that will
trace the history of lesbian feminism through visual representations of cats in lesbian
print culture and on the internet.
2019, "Does Queer Studies Have an Anti-Empiricism Problem?"
GLQ 25.1 (forthcoming).
2017, "Remediating Disability Activism in the Lesbian Feminist Archive," C
ontinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, special issue on “Thinking Beyond the Backlash: Remediating 1980s Activisms,” 32.2:
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
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"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Volume 1, Article 1.
Selected Fellowships and Awards:
2018-2019, Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship, Humanities New York for
"The Wide World of Lesbian Cats, 1970-today."
2018-2019, Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship in Women's History, New-York Historical
2018, Honorable Mention, Gregory Sprague Prize, awarded every other year to an outstanding
published or unpublished paper, article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter on
LGBTQ history by a graduate student, Committee on LGBT History, American Historical
2018, CLAGS Fellowship Award for a dissertation, first book, or second book in LGBTQ
2017, Vivien Hartog award for Best Graduate Student Teacher, WGSS, Stony Brook University
2017, Dissertation Grant, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America,
2017, Mary Lily research grant, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture,
Summer 2018, LGBTQ* Digital History (WST 392)