UCL Institute of the Americas


Jonathan Bell's latest book out now!

5 March 2020

'Beyond the Politics of the Closet - Gay Rights and the American State Since the 1970s', edited by the Director of the Institute of the Americas, Jonathan Bell, has just been published by University of Pennsylvania Press (March 2020)

Beyond the Politics of the Closet

Beyond the Politics of the Closet features essays by historians whose work on LGBT history delves into the decades between the mid-1970s and the millennium, a period in which the relationship between activist networks, the state, capitalism, and political parties became infinitely more complicated. Examining the crucial relationship between sexuality, race, and class, the volume highlights the impact gay rights politics and activism have had on the wider American political landscape since the rights revolutions of the 1960s.

Jonathan Bell is Professor of U.S. History at University College London.