Benjamin Jordan Serby

Benjamin Serby is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Columbia. He grew
up in the New York City metro area, and received his BA with highest honors from
Brandeis University in 2010. His undergraduate thesis, "The Scientific Ideologist: Lewis
Feuer and the Marxist Roots of Neoconservatism," explored the changing politics of the
"New York intellectuals" from the Great Depression through the late twentieth
century. His research interests include the history of the radical left; social theory; the
history of sexuality, gender, the family, and personal life; and the history of New York
City. His dissertation, Gay Liberation and the Politics of the Self in Postwar America, is
an intellectual history of the gay liberation movement through the mid-1970s. In addition
to his dissertation research, Benjamin has taught in Columbia's history department and
advised undergraduates through the Center of American Studies since 2013. In 2016, he
was awarded a History In Action HAPA grant to complete an  online exhibition  about the
life and work of the historian Richard Hofstadter. Benjamin has also produced public
history content for a range of institutions, including the Jewish Museum, the High Line,
the Museum of the City of New York, and the Alliance for Downtown Manhattan. He is
an affiliate of Columbia’s Research Initiative in Global Sexualities, and his writing has
appeared in Jacobin, The Nation, Society, and elsewhere.