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Jan Huebenthal


Email: [[e|jhuebenthal]]
Research Interests: Queer Studies, HIV/AIDS activism, Gender studies, Cultural studies, Disability Studies, American History (20th century).


Jan Huebenthal is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and a Provost Dissertation Fellow at the College of William & Mary. His dissertation project, Injury & Resistance: Centering HIV/AIDS in Times of Queer Equality, examines the relationship of HIV/AIDS histories to formations of queer identity in national and transnational U.S. locales from 1987 to the present. Grounded in critical queer genealogy, this study reads chronicles of the HIV/AIDS crisis, such as archives of lesbian AIDS activism in ACT UP and memoirs of  survival, in relation to histories of sexuality, race, gender, and disability, thus revealing the investments of LGBT "progress" narratives in political economies of racialization and abandonment. 

Jan's work has been recognized with the 2017 Critoph Prize from the Southeastern American Studies Association (SASA), the Dean's Prize for Graduate Student Scholarship on Women, and an International Student Achievement Award from the Reves Center for International Studies.

At William & Mary, Jan has served as the Graduate Fellow of the William & Mary LGBTIQ Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia and as the Assistant Director of the W&M Global Film Festival in the 2014/2015 season. Prior to coming to William & Mary, he worked as an intern in the Public & Economic Policy Program at the American Academy in Berlin and at the German Consulate General in San Francisco. 


Huebenthal, Jan. “Un/Detectability in Times of Equality: HIV, Queer Health and Homonormativity.” European Journal of American Studies 11, no. 3 (Special issue: Re-Queering America: America’s Queer Crisis), Spring 2017. 

Courses Taught

 Instructor: GSWS 205 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017) 


M.A., American Studies, College of William & Mary (2013)

B.A., Cultural Studies with a Minor in English-Speaking Cultures, University of Bremen (2011)