He brought that research to bear in his testimony and other work as an expert witness in more than 30 gay rights cases, including Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated sodomy laws, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which established the right of gay couples to marry nationwide. He taught at the University of Chicago and at Yale before coming to Columbia in 2017. For the Fall 2022 semester, his history class, “U.S. Lesbian & Gay History,” has maxed out its enrollment at 200, illustrating the considerable student interest in this subject.
“Professor Chauncey’s trailblazing career gave us all better insight into, and understanding of, the LGBTQ+ community and history. His work that helped transform our nation’s attitudes and laws, epitomizes the Kluge Center’s mission to support research at the intersection of the humanities and public policy,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “He was the perfect choice to receive the 2022 Kluge Prize.”