Cookie Woolner

Cookie Woolner

Assistant Professor, Department of History

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Ph.D., History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, 2014.

Fields of Interest

My fields of interest are the history of women and gender, the history of sexuality and queer history, African American history, the history of popular culture, music, and performance, modern U.S. history, social and cultural history, and feminist/queer theory.

I am currently working on a manuscript entitled "The Famous Lady Lovers:" African American Women and Same-Sex Desire Before Stonewall that examines the emergence of Black queer women's subcultures in the early twentieth-century.

Courses taught

The U.S. Since 1877; History of Women in America

Representative Publications

"'Woman Slain in Queer Love Brawl:' African American Women, Same-Sex Desire, and Violence in the Urban North, 1920-1929," The Journal of African American History special issue: "Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice," Cheryl Hicks and Kali Gross, eds., Vol. 100, No. 3, Summer 2015, pp. 406-427.​

Representative Conferences

"A Very Enjoyable Stay in Gay Paree:" African American Women Performers and Queer Interracial Circuits in the Jazz Age," American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 2016.

"Women's Queer Labor and Resistance in the Black Popular Entertainment Industry of the Early-Twentieth Century," American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, October 2015.


Governing Board Member, The Committee on LGBT History (American Historical Association Affiliate Society).