Anita Kurimay

Associate Professor of History and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Phone 610-526-5040
Location Old Library 205



Ph.D., Rutgers University.
M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of Focus

Modern European history; women's and gender history; history of sexuality; conservativism and the politics of the far right; history of human rights; history of sport


Anita Kurimay specializes in modern European history with an emphasis on East-Central Europe.

Her main research interests include the history of sexuality, women’s and gender history, conservativism and the politics of the far right, and the history of sport. Her book Queer Budapest, 1873 -1961 (Chicago University Press, 2020) examines the history of Hungarian politics of non-normative sexualities from the late 19th century to the present. The book was awarded the Regina Zelnik Book Prize in history by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Rosenberg Book Prize by the Central European History Society, and the Hungarian Studies Association book prize. In addition, Kurimay has published articles on Hungarian gay and lesbian history in Sexualities and Eastern European Politics and Societies (EEPS) and is also the editor of the forthcoming Handbook on Sexualities in East Central Europe (Routledge).