Brooke Lober

brooke.lober [at]
Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University
Appointment Dates:
(Aug 15, 2018 – May 16, 2019)
Research Project:
Feminist and Queer Activism and Alliance: Oral Histories from the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond
Brooke Lober is a feminist scholar and teacher. In my gender and women's studies classrooms, I introduce students to historical studies of social change through queer and feminist culture and knowledge production. My classes emphasize the creative process: students in my courses create works of analytical and creative writing, as well as arts and new media--including websites, zines, blogs, podcasts, and videos.   I am the currently conducting oral history interviews, through which I document several overlapping activist groups that reshaped the meaning of feminism and queer politics through their Bay Area-based organizing in the 1980s and 1990s.    My current book-length project, for which I am completing research at UC Berkeley, the GLBT Historical Society, and the Schlesinger Library on Women's History, reassesses U.S. feminist activism. I trace the relationship between feminism, identity politics, and internationalism in late 20th century social movements, studying Jewish feminism as it took shape in a web of social movements, resulting in a critical study of feminist social movement history.   My writing and research have appeared in the academic journals Feminist Formations, Women's Studies, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies.