Kevin McKenna

  • PhD Candidate
  • Instructor, Lewis & Clark College History Department

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: Miller 425, Lewis & Clark College |
Curriculum Vitae:

My dissertation in progress "Safer Sex: Gay Citizen-Subjects and the Municipal State, 1966-1995" examines how the City of Seattle's recognition 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.


Book Review: Michael Helquist, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2015). Committee on LGBT History Newsletter, Vol. 30:1 (Spring 2016): 11-12.