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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John D'Emilio  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Bronx, New York

-- John D'Emilio on WorldCat --

E-Mail: --

Illinois Connection

D'Emilio is a professor of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John D'Emilio is one of the leading and best-known scholars in the area of GLBT studies. Many scholars consider him to be one of the founders of GLBT studies. In addition to being a scholar, he is a social activist who has dedicated a considerable amount of time to various activities helping both GLBT and mainstream social causes. D'Emilio is a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago where his teaching centers on US history and gender studies.

Published Works

  • The Civil Rights' Struggle: Leaders in Profile , Facts on File, 1979
  • Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970, University of Chicago Press, 1983 - 2nd edition, with a new preface and afterward, 1998
  • Intimate Matters, A History of Sexuality in America, Harper, 1988 - written with Estelle Freedman
  • Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics and the University, Rutledge, 1992
  • Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy and Civil Rights, St. Martin's Press, 2000
  • The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics and Culture, Duke University Press, 2002
  • Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, Free Press, 2003

Selected Titles At Your Library

The civil rights struggle :
ISBN: 0871964600. OCLC Number:

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"The civil rights movement has had a profound effect on modern America, bringing important issues of individual rights and freedoms to the foreground and changing American attitudes. This book presents biographies of 83 men and women who are in the vanguard of that struggle, either as leaders of the civil rights movement or as heads of the opposition. Each portrait contains information on the individual's background and his career before becoming involved in the civil rights struggle. It then focuses on those events that gained the subject prominence in the movement. Participation in mass protests and organizational campaigns is discussed and attitudes about the philosophical disputes that divided both proponents and opponents during the postwar years are summarized. The profiles deal only with people whose careers centered around the civil rights struggle. Men and women who may have had an important impact on the movement but whose careers were focused elsewhere are not included. Thus no presidents are profiled; nor are such senators as Hubert Humphrey or Robert Kennedy, although that has an important impact on the movement. Supreme Court justices, too, are missing because civil rights was only one of the many issues with which they had to contend. The introductory essay provides an overview of major trends in the civil rights movement since 1945, traces the roots of the struggle and places them movement in the context of the times. This volume also includes a chronology of important events and a detailed bibliography of works on the movement and its personalities." -- Preface

Sexual politics, sexual communities :
ISBN: 0226142671. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1998.

With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature.--

Intimate matters :
ISBN: 0226142647. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1997.

The world turned :
ISBN: 0822329468. OCLC Number:

Duke University Press,. Durham :. 2002.

Distinguished historian and leading gay-rights activist D'Emilio show how gay issues moved from the margins to the center of national consciousness during the critical decade of the 1990s.

Lost prophet :
ISBN: 0226142698. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2004.

One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history's Lost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followedor were followed by those he never meant to help.


  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination
  • Brudner Prize at Yale University, 2005
  • The World Turned

  • Lambda Editor`s Choice Award Literary Award, 2002
  • Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities

  • Stonewall Book Award, 1984
  • Lost Prophet

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    , contact University of Illinois, Chicago Dept. of Gender and Women`s Studies