Will Roscoe received his Ph.D. in Historical Consciousness/Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book, The Zuni Man- Woman (University of New Mexico Press) received the Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and a Lambda Literary Award. He has since published Queer Spirits: A Gay Men’s Myth Book (Beacon) and Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder (Beacon) by Harry Hay. He is also co-editor of Islamic Homosexualities (New York University Press) and Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities (St. Martin’s). In 1998, he published Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America (St. Martin’s), a comprehensive study of the lives and cultures of Native American berdache, or two-spirit, people.
Roscoe has taught at UC/Berkeley, UC/Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Dominican College. From 1991-1995 he was an affiliated scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. In 2003, he received a Monette-Horowitz Award for lifetime achievement in combatting homophobia.
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