Marianne LaFrance, Professor, Psychology, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies


Rachel Pepper with her book The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians.

Rachel Pepper is the Coordinator of Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale. She received her BA in Political Science and English from University of Toronto and an MA in Journalism from Columbia College. She has owned small businesses, been employed as a newspaper reporter, and worked in the field of publishing since then. She guesses she has written thousands of articles over the years on LGBTQ life and culture, for publications like The Advocate and OUT and many other regional and national newspapers. Since 1990 she has been an arts editor at Curve Magazine, the nation's top-selling lesbian glossy magazine. She is also the author of the Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians (second edition, Cleis 2005) and a co-author of the forthcoming Queer Guide to College Life from Princeton Review press.
Any inquiries about Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale should be directed to her at


Tirza True Latimer. Photo by: Tee Corinne

Tirza True Latimer earned her Ph.D. in art history at Stanford University in 2003. She has published work from a lesbian feminist perspective on a range of topics in the fields of visual culture and criticism. She is co-editor, with Whitney Chadwick, of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003) and the author of Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005). She has served as visiting lecturer in art history, visual criticism, and feminist studies at Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Davis; and San Francisco Art Institute and has enjoyed visiting assistant professor status at Willamette University, Mills College, California College of the Arts, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her teaching, like her research, explores the intersection of visual and sexual cultures. Her interests include the emergence of lesbian and gay visual communities in early twentieth-century Paris, collaborative and participatory art practices in contemporary art, new genres of public art, the visual politics of identity, art activism, and the history of photography. She is an independent curator whose recent exhibitions-"Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore" (2005) and "Unexpected Developments" (a 2006 exhibition focused on queer photography)--reflect the same preoccupations. Current activities include conducting research on Gertrude Stein for an exhibition organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, producing a queer Acoustiguide Tour for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and presiding as co-chair of the Queer Caucus for Art, a College Art Association affiliated society.



I am extremely excited to be a new member of Lesbian and Gay Studies and am very much looking forward to being a part of such a vibrant and daring community of scholars working in queer theory, feminism, and gender and sexuality studies. As a comparatist, I am especially thrilled to be engaging with so many students and colleagues whose wide-ranging research is both fueling the field of lesbian and gay studies as well as challenging and reimagining it at every turn.

Before coming to Yale, I taught English and French in Japan and Russia as well as courses on masculinity, heterosexuality, queerness, and postcoloniality at Cornell University. I also conducted research at public school archives in England and at pedagogical and colonial archives in France. My own work explores masculinity, boyhood, colonialism, and notions of Britishness in nineteenth-century Britain and focuses on boys' public school fiction, colonial adventure fiction, and island-stranding fiction. While much of my research is concerned with nineteenth-century British pop and youth culture, I am also interested in masculinity, colonialism, and national subjectivity in late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century France and Russia as well. In addition, I am particularly interested in how reconfigurations of nineteenth-century tropes of masculinity and colonialism continue to circulate in twentieth- and twenty-first-century America--in the form of Survivor, Fear Factor, and Abercrombie & Fitch clothing catalogs, just to name a few--and continue to participate in the production and regulation of metropolitan gender and sexuality via postcolonial nostalgia. My future projects train the lenses of postcolonial, feminist, and gender theories on the figure of the half-animal, half-human in nineteenth-century British texts and on nineteenth-century dinosaur discovery and dinomania. In the 2005-2006 academic year, I will be teaching "White Masculinity and Sexuality in U.S. Popular Culture," "Reading Gender and Sexuality in the Archive," "Nineteenth-Century Gender and Sexuality in Art and Literature,""and "Literature and Empire." I look forward to working and thinking with you.


Historian Jonathan Ned Katz does not currently teach at Yale nor does he receive mail there.