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Tristan Dominique Cabello Director, American Studies Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative

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Additional Positions at AU
President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion
Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Complex Problems Faculty Fellow
PhD, History, Northwestern University.
MA, History, Northwestern University.
MA, American Studies, University of Strasbourg, France.
BA, American Studies, University of Strasbourg, France.

Languages Spoken
French (Native Speaker)

Tristan Cabello (Ph.D, History, Northwestern University) is Director of American Studies and Senior Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative.

Cabello’s research explores the intersection of race, sexuality, class identities and popular culture in modern American culture. His first monograph Queer Bronzeville: Race, Sexuality and Black Chicago, 1920-1980 documents the shaping of African American queer cultures in Chicago.

Tristan Cabello is also a digital humanities scholar. His virtual exhibit “Queer Bronzeville: The History of African American Gays and Lesbians in Chicago” won the “Outhistory Fellowship.” His forthcoming digital history project, entitled “Queering the Chocolate City,” will explore the history of black queer cultures in Washington, DC.

Cabello’s research was supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York.

Prior to joining American University, Cabello taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Bowdoin College. At American University, he teaches various courses, both online and on-ground, in the American Studies Program (“The Global Cultures of Michael Jackson,” “In The Life: Black Queer Culture and History,” “Washington, DC: Life Inside a Monument,” “Global Hip Hop,” “American Lives/American Dreams,” “Poverty and Culture,” “Global Hip Hop”). He is also a Complex Problems Faculty Fellow in the new AU CORE (General Education).

At American University, Dr. Cabello participates in several university-wide committees. He is a member of the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion; the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Council; the Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; the CAS Term Faculty Task Force and the CAS First Generation Faculty Committee.

Born and raised in France, Tristan Cabello received his BA and MA in American Studies from the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg, France) and his MA and Ph.D in US History from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

Follow Tristan Cabello on Twitter @tristancabello