B.A., Yale University, English and Psychology
M.A., Harvard University, English
Ph.D., Harvard University, History of American Civilization
Areas of Focus:
gender and sexuality; race, and ethnicity; LGBTQ studies; public history; history of social science and social welfare; social movement history; home and migration; youth studies
Stephen Vider is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. His scholarship and public history work examines the social practices and politics of everyday life in the United States. His current book project, Queer Belongings: Gender, Sexuality, and the American Home After World War II (under contract with University of Chicago Press), traces how American conceptions of the home have shaped LGBT relationships and politics from 1945 to the present. The book shows how domesticity has functioned as both a source of connection and restriction, examining a range of domestic forms and practices including marriage, communes, youth shelters, and caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. Vider’s academic writing has appeared in Gender & History, American Quarterly, Transition, as well as several edited volumes.
Vider has also contributed to a range of public history projects. As an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, he curated the exhibition AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism (2017), exploring how activists and artists have mobilized domestic space and redefined family in response to HIV/AIDS, from the 1980s to the present. A Place in the City, a short film he co-directed with Nate Lavey for the exhibition, has been featured in film festivals and programs in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Istanbul. He was also co-curator of the exhibition Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York (2016-2017) and co-author of an accompanying book, a Lambda literary award finalist. His popular writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Avidly, Time, Smithsonian.com, and Slate.
In 2018-19, Vider is teaching the introduction and core courses in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Introduction to Public History at the college, and courses in Social Theory and Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Mental Health and Mental Illness at the Graduate School.