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Rachel Corbman
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
Advisor:  Victoria Hesford
Committee:     Victoria Hesford Liz Montegary Lisa Diedrich Nancy TomesKadji Amin Jennifer Nash   (outside reader)
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 GLQ,   Feminist Formations, The Journal of Lesbian Studiesthe 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.  In 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 archive's  special collections  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. 

Selected Publications:

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: 18-28. 

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.

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 Society 

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 Association

2018, CLAGS Fellowship Award for a dissertation, first book, or second book in LGBTQ Studies

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, Radcliffe/Harvard  

2017, Mary Lily research grant, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University

See full  CV

Courses Offered: 
Fall 2016,  Histories of Feminism  (WST 301)
Spring 2017,   Histories of SUNY and CUNY  (WST 398) 
Summer 2018, LGBTQ* Digital History (WST 392)

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