David Ferrara

David Ferrara


  • United States History
  • Gender and Women’s History
  • Southern History



  • MA, University of New Hampshire, 2014
  • BA, University of New Hampshire, 2010

Research Interests

  • History of Sexuality in the United States
  • LGBTQ Political History
  • 20th Century Political Movements

Recent Publications

  • “An Ally and Intermediary: Bella Abzug, Gay Rights, and the Equality Act,” Modern American History 5, no. 2 (July 2022): 1-23.
  • “Beyond Sexual Politics and Sexual Communities: Unlikely Spaces for Queer Identity Formation in the Postwar U.S.,” Essays in History 54 (April 2022): 1-6.
  • review of Patriots, Prostitutes, and Spies, by John M. Belohlavek, Southern Historian, 34 (Spring 2018): 82-4.

Current Projects

  • Currently completing my dissertation, “With Friends Like These: Mainstream Allies of Gays and Lesbians in the United States, 1950-1980,” which analyzes the role of mainstream intermediaries in the struggle for gay rights in the latter half of the twentieth-century United States.

Awards & Honors

  • The Frank Lawrence Owsley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Superior Competency in History, 2018