decorative bar


corner Last update of this page: June 13th 2003 corner
Esther Newton
(1940 - living) U.S.A.

Esther Newton

Social anthropologist


Born in New York and educated at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, she did her Ph.D. work on the culture of drag and drag queens. In a series of important books, she has explored lesbian and gay studies, anthropology and homosexuality, history and human rights.

A founding member and co-chair of the Committee for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Scholarship at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, she has also served on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and as an adviser for documentary films. She is professor of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor at Purchase College at the State University of New York; she is also co-chair of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Program there.


Source: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001 - et alii

Her work include:

  • Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972)
  • Amazon Expedition (1973)
  • Womenfriends (1976)
  • Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993)
  • Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas
  • My Butch Career
Click on the letter N to go back to the list of names

corner © Matt & Andrej Koymasky, 1997 - 2008 corner