Faculty & Staff

Aaron S. Lecklider, PhD

Department Chair of American Studies
Associate Professor of American Studies
College of Liberal Arts


photo of Aaron Lecklider

Areas of Expertise

Gender and sexuality, 20th-century cultural history, literature, and art, U.S. radical culture


PhD, American Studies, Boston University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Inventing the Egghead book cover











Research Interests:

Aaron Lecklider's research focuses on gender and sexuality, class, and race in twentieth-century American culture. His first book studied how Americans who were not part of the traditional intellectual class negotiated the complicated politics of intelligence within mass culture. As changes in work, leisure, and domestic life accelerated in the early decades of the twentieth-century, representations of brain power in popular culture precipitated social transformation that particularly affected women, immigrants, and African Americans. Lecklider is continuing to study cultural politics in working-class communities, this time examining the relationship between homosexuality and the Left in American culture between 1920 and 1960. Particularly emphasizing the significance of literary works and artistic production for articulating sexual politics, Lecklider's book project uncovers how radical sexuality was envisioned by artists and activists decades before the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Lecklider also brings to the department an interest in contemporary art: in February 2013 he curated an exhibit, Lifelines: Recent Work by Avram Finkelstein, that featured contemporary paintings and sculpture by an important founding member of Gran Fury and ACT UP.

Work in Progress:

Love’s Next Meeting: Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture (under contract, University of Chicago Press).

Courses taught:

AMST 100 American Identities
AMST 101 Popular Culture in America 
AMST 203 The Thirties 
AMST 206 The Sixties
AMST 209 The 1990s
AMST 325L Sexual Identities in American Culture
AMST 603 Historical Sequence II
AMST 604 Gender and Sexuality in US History and Culture