John D'Emilio (born 1948, New York City) is a professor of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught previously at George Washington University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982, where his advisor was Kenneth T. Jackson. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow from 1995 to 1997, he served as the Founding Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Honors and awards
D'Emilio was awarded the Stonewall Book Award in 1984 for his most widely cited book, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities, which is considered the definitive history of the U.S. homophile movement from 1940 to 1970. His book Lost Prophet: Bayard Rustin and the Quest for Peace and Justice in America won the Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction in 2004. He was the 2005 recipient of the Brudner Prize at Yale University.
- Lost Prophet:Bayard Rustin and the Quest for Peace and Justice in America (The Free Press, 2003).
- The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture (Duke University Press, 2002).
- Co-edited with William Turner and Urvashi Vaid, Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy and Civil Rights (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000).
- Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University (New York: Routledge, 1992).
- Coauthored with Estelle Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (New York: Harper and Row, 1988; 2nd expanded edition, University of Chicago Press, 1997).
- Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983; 2nd edition, with a new preface and afterward, 1998).
- Edited, with an introduction, The Civil Rights Struggle: Leaders in Profile (New York: Facts-on-File, Inc., 1979).
- Edited, with an Introduction, The Universities and the Gay Experience: A Conference Sponsored by the Women and Men of the Gay Academic Union (New York, 1974).
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