Kevin McKenna

  • PhD Candidate
  • Instructor, Interdisciplinary Writing Program

M.A. University of Washington, Seattle, 2011, B.A. Columbia University, New York, 2010

Fields: 20th Century United States, Sexuality and Queer Studies, Urban History Office: Padelford B-10 | Office Hours: M 11-12, Th 3:30-4:30 & By Appointment
Curriculum Vitae:

My dissertation in progress "Safe Sex: Gay Rights Politics in the Making of the Neoliberal State in Seattle, 1966-1995" examines how the development of a gay citizen subject coincided with the neoliberalization of Seattle's political economy. I am particularly interested in how the political economic shift of the late twentieth century from the public/private welfare state to pro-business politics and sexual civil rights politics are mutually constituted, revealing the contradictions of late twentieth century liberalism.  Along with the adoption of a particular white, middle-to-upper class gay politics by the municipal state, I am interested in resistance to mainstream gay politics and the effects of the inclusion of this privileged sector of the "LGBTQ community" on the physical and social geography of the city.