Margot Canaday to discuss sexual minorities and work Feb. 16

Pictured are Margot Canaday and her book


On February 16, Princeton historian Margot Canaday will discuss her book, Queer Career, which explores the experiences of sexual minorities in the American workforce during the second half of the twentieth century. Canaday shows how LGBT history helps us understand the recent history of capitalism and labor and rewrites our understanding of the queer past. The talk will be held 4:30–6 p.m. in the Knight Law Center, room 110, 1515 Agate St., Eugene. Livestreaming is available for this event. 

Canaday is a legal and political historian who studies gender and sexuality in modern America. Her first book, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (Princeton, 2009), won many awards, including the Organization of American Historians' Ellis Hawley Prize and the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer Award (co-winner). Canaday has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Princeton University Society of Fellows, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

The event is part of the Wayne Morse Center's 2021-23 theme, Making Work Work and part of the Margaret Hallock Program for Women's Rights. Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Labor Education and Research Center, and United Academics Pride Caucus.