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Research Interests

Race Relations, African American, History of Sexuality

Professional Information

My research focuses on race, politics, and sexuality in modern America, and how struggles over social difference and belonging unfolded in cities and institutions.  I am also interested in the writing of biography and public history, particularly in how historians can address important social issues for audiences within and outside the university.


B.A. University of Wisconsin--Madison
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University

Honors & Awards

The Binkley-Stephenson Award, Organization of American Historians, 2011
The Audre Lorde Prize, American Historical Association, 2011


Fulbright Senior Scholar, Erfurt Universitait, Germany, 2011
Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2008
Schomburg Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NEH Library Award, 2005


Problems in African American History
Constructions of Race
Postwar America
The Seventies

Office Address

446G Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

The lessons of stonewall fifty years later

Mumford, K., Jun 1 2019, In : QED. 6, 2, p. 85-89 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Review: D. G. White's Lost in the U.S.A.: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

Mumford, K. J., Jun 1 2018, In : Journal of American History. 105, 1, p. 209-210

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Comment on David Roediger's Seizing Freedom: slave emancipation and liberty for all

Mumford, K., Feb 19 2016, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 39, 3, p. 347-351 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

    Mumford, K., Mar 2016, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 272 p. (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Review: C. B. Hanhardt's Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence

    Mumford, K., Sep 2015, In : American Historical Review. 120, 4, p. 1520-1521 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


    • 4 Invited talk
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Beyond the Closet: Reinventing African-American History, 1963-1988

    Kevin Mumford (Speaker)

    Oct 2013

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Not Straight, Not White: Intersections of Racism and Homophobia

    Kevin Mumford (Invited speaker)

    Jun 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Betwixt Baldwin, Cleaver, and Black Gay History

    Kevin Mumford (Speaker)

    Mar 2014

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    The John D'Emilio Retirement Conference

    Kevin Mumford (Invited speaker)

    Oct 2014

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Historian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay men

    Kevin Mumford


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Honors & Recognition

    Audre Lorde Prize

    Mumford, Kevin (Recipient), 2012