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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 and Teaching Fellow in American Studies at the College of William & Mary. His dissertation project, AIDS, Affect, Activism: Centering HIV Legacies in Times of LGBT Equality, explores the affective relationship of U.S. AIDS activisms to political economies of queer identity politics in the neoliberal age. 

At William & Mary, Jan has served as the Graduate Fellow of the William & Mary LGBTIQ Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia.  In addition, he was the Assistant Director of the W&M Global Film Festival in the 2014/2015 season. 

Jan holds an M.A. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary and a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a Minor in English-Speaking Cultures from the University of Bremen, Germany. He also studied at Dickinson College as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholar. 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.

A German native, Jan lives in Richmond, Virginia.


Huebenthal, Jan. “Un/Detectability in Times of Equality: HIV, Queer Health and Homonormativity.” European Journal of American Studies 11, no. 3 (​S​pecial 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 and Fall 2016)

Teaching Assistant: FMST 370 "Introduction to Film Festival History and Production (Fall 2014)

Teaching Assistant: AMST 205/GSWS 290 "Sexuality in America" (Spring 2014)


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

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

Conference Presentations

"Haunted Homes: AIDS, Chrononormativity, and the Futures of the Queer Past," Denver, CO, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2016

"HIV/AIDS in Times of Gay 'Equality': Queer Health and Homonormativity", Williamsburg, VA, William and Mary 15th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, 2016

"Looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, Never Stop Talking," Toronto, CA, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2015

"Throwing Like a Girl: Dis/ability and Embodiment in Feminist Theory," Norfolk, VA, Works in Progress Regional Conference on Feminist Scholarship, 2015

"A Continuously Evolving Landscape of Memory: The National AIDS Memorial Grove and the Politics of Memorializing an Epidemic," Williamsburg, VA, William and Mary 14th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, 2015

"When Bodies Are Weapons –The Super Bowl, Violence, and the 'Masculine Mystique,'" Baltimore, MD, Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association 25th Annual Conference, 2014

“Quick! Do Something Manly! – The Super Bowl as an American Spectacle of Hegemonic Masculinity, Violence, and Nationalism," Williamsburg, VA, William and Mary 13th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, 2014