UMass Boston


Aaron Lecklider

American Studies
Grad Prog Dir/Professor
Wheatley Hall Floor 05

Area 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

Aoron Lecklider, Love's Next Meeting, The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture
Aoron Lecklider, Inventing the Egghead, The Battle Over Brainpower

Selected Media Pieces

"The push for LGBTQ equality began long before Stonewall" in Washington Post (June 10, 2021)

“Editorial Suggestions for Tom Cotton’s ‘Send In the Troops’” in Abusable Past (June 4, 2020)

“The U.S. News Best College Rankings Are Not Excellent” in Abusable Past (Sept 13, 2019)

“Gay Rights Is Over, But I Like Rice Pudding” in Abusable Past (July 2, 2019)

“The Supreme Court’s Union-Busting Decision in Janus Is a Blow to LGBTQ Workers” in Slate (June 27, 2018)

“AIDS, It, and the Horror of the 1980s” in Slate (September 25, 2017)

Research Interests:

Aaron Lecklider's research focuses on the history of sexuality, class, race, and gender in twentieth-century American literature and culture. His most recent book, Love's Next Meeting, explores the relationship between homosexuality and the Left in American culture between 1920 and 1960. Lecklider uncovers a lively cast of individuals and dynamic expressive works revealing remarkably progressive engagement with homosexuality among radicals, workers, and the poor. His first book, Inventing the Egghead, studied how working-class Americans, particularly women, African Americans, and immigrants, imagined themselves as organic intellectuals. He is currently completing a book about socialism in American cultural history as part of the American Studies Now series at University of California Press. 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:

"Socialism in the US: A Cultural History"

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 257 Queer Literature and History in the 20th-Century US
AMST 325L Sexual Identities in American Culture

AMST 603 Historical Sequence II
AMST 604 Gender and Sexuality in US History and Culture