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Robert J Corber
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in American Institutions and Values
Phone: (860) 297-5340 Office Location: Seabury T211
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Trinity College faculty member since 1998
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Univ. of Chicago (1987)
M.A., Univ. of Chicago (1981)
B.A., Haverford College (1980)

Robert J. Corber is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in American Institutions and Values.  He has taught at Trinity since 1998.  He teaches courses in queer studies/theory, classical Hollywood cinema, and the history of sexuality.  His research focuses on the intersection of homophobia, American national identity, and Hollywood cinema in the Cold War era.  He is the author of three books, In the Name of National Security: Hitchcock, Homophobia, and the Political Construction of Gender in Postwar America (1993), Homosexuality in Cold War America:  Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity (1997), and Cold War Femme:  Lesbianism, National Identity, and Hollywood Cinema (2011), all published by Duke University Press.  He has also edited, with Stephen Valocchi, Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader (Blackwell, 2002).  He is currently writing a book, tentatively titled, A Perfectly Swell Romance:  Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and the Cultural Work of Sexual Modernity.  He has served on the editorial boards of American Literary History, American Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, James Baldwin Review, and PMLA.