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David M. Halperin papers

Identifier: MC-0519

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of David M. Halperin at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Collection materials and topics include: notebooks, curriculum materials, curriculum planning and development, and humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS) overview and planning.


  • undated


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This collection is open.

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Biographical Note

David M. Halperin, born 1952, is the W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan. Halperin received his BA from Oberlin College in 1973, his MA in Classics from Stanford in 1977, and his PhD in Classics and Humanities from Stanford in 1980. (1) He specializes in the history of homosexuality, feminist and queer theory, and classical studies and their relations to contemporary cultural history. (2)

Halperin joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an assistant professor in 1979. He became an associate professor in 1983, and a full professor in 1989. He taught at MIT until 1996 when he left to work abroad in Australia at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney.

He started teaching at the University of Michigan in 1999 and continues to teach there. Halperin has published many books, the most well known of which is “One Hundred Years of Homosexuality.” In addition, he has been the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Audre Lorde Prize by The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History, American Historical Association, and the Lambda Literary Award. (3)

1. “David M. Halperin: Cvrricvlvm Vitae,” November 17, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2020.

2. University of Michigan. “David Halperin | U-M LSA Women’s Studies.” Accessed July 15, 2020.

3. Halperin CV;


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Revision Statements

  • 2020 July 15: Biographical note by Ashlynn August added.
  • 2021 July 7: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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