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Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy
(1939 - living) U.S.A.

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy

Ethnohistorian, activist, and educator

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Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Cambridge University, England in 1972 based on her research about the Waunan of the Chocó province, Colombia. She was a founding member of Women's Studies at SUNY, Buffalo where she taught for twenty-eight years.

Elizabeth is the Head of Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research pioneered the study of lesbian history, a subject on which she has published widely, including the prize-winning book, Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: the History of a Lesbian Community (1993), which received the Jesse Barnard Award in 1994, the Ruth Benedict Award in 1994, and a Lambda Literary Award in 1993.

She has also written about the development of women's studies as a field, including the book Feminist Scholarship: Kindling in the Groves of Academe (1983). Her research/teaching interests include: lesbian and gay history, 20th century sexuality, comparative studies of sexual communities, development of the field of women's studies, feminist pedagogy, feminist research methods, ethnography and oral history.

She is working on One Woman, Two Lives: Gender, Class and Sexuality in 20th Century America, the life story of Julia Boyer Reinstein an upper-middle class woman, born in rural western New York in 1906, who lived her early life and her later life as a lesbian, but was married and had children in her middle years.

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