Photograph of Eric Gonzaba



Fax: 657-278-5820

Dept: 657-278-2441


Office: Gordon Hall 423

Cal State University, Fullerton

American Studies
800 N. State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA. 92831

Eric Gonzaba, Ph.D.



Race and Sexuality; African American and LGBT history; Pleasure and nightlife cultures 


  • 2019, PhD, History, George Mason University
  • 2014, MA, History & Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University
  • 2012, BA, History & Political Science, Indiana University


Professor Gonzaba's research focuses on the politics and culture of pleasure in modern America, especially in late twentieth century social movements. He's currently finishing a book manuscript on the history and culture of gay male nightlife since 1970. Gonzaba's work has previously been supported by grants and fellowships from the Point Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 

In 2014, Gonzaba founded Wearing Gay History, an award-winning online archive that explores the global history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people through t-shirts. It won the National Council on Public History's top student prize in 2016.  He's currently working on a digital mapping project that investigates ignored queer geography and spaces since 1965 entitled Mapping the Gay Guides . The project is currently generously funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office via a Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity grant. 

Courses Regularly Taught

  • AMST 201: Intro to American Studies (Anxiety and the Making of America)
  • AMST 350: Theories and Methods in American Studies
  • AMST 401T: Race in American Culture
  • AMST 454: American Nightlife


  • “The Queer Battle for Capitol Hill: Marines and Violence at D.C. Gay & Lesbian Nightlife,” Invited speaker, 2020 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2-5, 2020
  • “Sex and Desire,” panel commentator, American Studies Association's 2019 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 10, 2019
  • “The Queer T-shirt in Our National History,” Invited PLATO lecture, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, November 1, 2019
  • “(In)Visible Histories: Roundtable Discussion on LGBT Rights 50 Years after Stonewall” Invited talk at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019
  • “Our Queer Closets: Understanding Global LGBTQ History Though T-shirts" Invited lecture at the Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, May 30, 2019
  • “Protect the Blood: Visual Culture and Black Resistance to the Mid Atlantic AIDS Crisis," Committee on LGBT History's and the GLBT Historical Society's Queer History Conference 2019, San Francisco, California, June 17, 2019
  • “Where Else Can We Go?: The Black Gay Bar in the Urban Mid Atlantic,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2019

Office Hours-
Spring 2020

Tuesday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Thursday, 4:00-6:00 PM and by appointment