Nan Alamilla Boyd

Teaching at SF State

WGS 300: Gender, Race, Nation (GWAR writing seminar)

WGS 400: "That's Not What I Said": Feminism, Oral History, and Research Methods in WGS

WGS 601/801 Cultures of Consumption: Gender, Race, and Neoliberalism 

WGS 698 Work Study in Feminist Projects (Nonprofit Industrial Complex)

WGS 690 Senior Seminar 

WGS 700 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 

WGS 712 Graduate Seminar in Queer Theories 

WGS 820 Graduate Seminar in Feminist Research Methods 

WGS 898 MA Thesis writing workshop

HUM 376 San Francisco 

Selected Publications


Nan Alamilla Boyd and Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, eds. Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2012).

 The Practice of Queer Oral History

Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 (University of California Press, 2003).

 A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965

Articles and Book Chapters

"History as Social Change: Queer Archives and Oral History Projects," in Understanding and Teaching LGBT History, Leila Rupp and Susan Freeman, eds. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)

"The History of 'the Lesbian' as a Kind of Person," Feminist Studies 39:2 (Summer 2013): 1-4.

Nan Alamilla Boyd and Jillian Sandell, “Unpaid and Critically Engaged: Feminist Interns in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex,” Feminist Teacher 22:3 (Spring 2013) 251-265.

“Elizabeth Kennedy’s Oral History Intervention,” Feminist Formations 24:3 (December 2012) 84-91.

"San Francisco's Castro District: From Gay Liberation to Tourist Destination," Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change 9:3 (September 2011) 228-239. 

"Sex, Race, and Tourism: The Making of San Francisco's Queer Urban Scene," in Amy Scott and Kathy Brosnan, eds., City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the Twentieth-Century American West (University of Nevada Press, 2011).

"Who is the Subject? Queer Theory Meets Oral History," Journal of the History of Sexuality 17:2 (May 2008) 177-189.

"Sex and Tourism: The Economic Implications of Gay Marriage Movement," Radical History Review 100 (Winter 2008) 223-250.

"What Does Queer Studies Offer Women's Studies?: The Problem and Promise of Instability," in Elizabeth L. Kennedy, ed., Women's Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005) 97-108. 

"Same-Sex Sexuality in Western Women's History," Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 22:3 (2001) 11-21.

"Policing Queers: San Francisco's History of Repression and Resistance," Radical Philosophy Review 3:1 (2000) 20-27.

"The Materiality of Gender: Looking for Lesbian Bodies in Transgender History," Journal of Lesbian Studies 3:3 (1999). Reprinted in Lesbian Sex Scandals: Sexual Practices, Identities, and Politics, Dawn Atkins, ed. (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1999) 73-80.

"Shopping for Rights: Gays, Lesbians, and Visibility Politics," Denver University Law Review 75:4 (Fall 1998) 1361-1373.

"Bodies in Motion: Lesbian and Transsexual Histories," A Queer World: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, Martin Duberman, ed. (New York: New York University Press, 1997) 134-152. Reprinted in Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle, eds., The Transgender Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 2006) 420-433; Vicki L. Ruiz ed., Unequal Sisters,4th edition (New York: Routledge, 2007) 15-28. 

"'Homos Invade S.F.!': San Francisco's History as a Wide Open Town," Creating a Place for Ourselves: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Histories, Brett Beemyn, ed. (New York: Routledge, 1997) 73-95. 


Media Presentations

“Historian Nan Alamilla Boyd & the Ghosts of Queer Old North Beach” (9 June 2014)

“Professor Nan Alamilla Boyd ‘follows the money’ in research on San Francisco tourism, gentrification” (24 September 2013)

“Gay Rights: Part One” and “Gay Power: Part Two,” interview with Cicely Gilkey for Mad Men Season Six, DVD documentary extras (2014)

"Out in the Bay." Interview with Marilyn Pittman, KALW Public Radio (91.7 FM, San Francisco), aired July 31, 2008

"Gay Los Angeles vs. Gay San Francisco." Panel discussion, Zócalo Radio, KPCC (89.3 FM, Los Angeles), aired July 27, 2008. Also aired on Los Angeles public television, Channel 36, July 2008.

"Why San Francisco?" Radio interview broadcast on Weekend America, National Public Radio (KBEZ, Chicago), aired June 23, 2007.

Interview with Nan Alamilla Boyd and Susan Stryker, discussing "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria," KPFA Radio (94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA), aired live June 16, 2007 (

Interview about the legalization of same-sex marriage in San Francisco on News 50 (KFTY, Sonoma County), aired live March 4, 2004.

"Morning Show." Interview with Henry Tenenbaum, discussing the publication of Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965, News 4 (KRON, San Francisco), aired live July 2003.


Academic Presentations and Public Talks (2010-2017)

"Gay Rights, Gender, and the Gentrifying City," Berkshire Conference on the History of Women," Hofstra University, New York, June 1-4, 2017.

“Queer Oral History: the Impossible Desire to Hold and Honor Collective Grief and Loss,” plenary speaker, Oral History Association Meetings, Long Beach, CA, October 14-16, 2016.

“Queer Tourism and Late Capitalism,” Gay American History at 40 Conference, New School, New York City, May 4-6, 2016.

“Cruisin’ the Castro: Tourism and Neoliberal Consumption in San Francisco,” University of San Francisco, Department of History Distinguished Lecture Series, November 11, 2015.

“Sexuality, Space, and Metropolitan Development in California,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Los Angeles, November 5-8, 2015. 

“Talking and Taboo: Challenges in Interviewing around Intimate Topics,” Oral History Association, Tampa, Florida, October 14-18, 2015.

“The G-Spot: Tourism and Gentrification in San Francisco,” Worlds of Desire: The Eroticization of Tourist Sites, Université de Genève, Switzerland, June 24-26, 2015.

“Queer Tourism and Late Capitalism,” Sonoma State University, Queer Lecture Series, April 27, 2015.

“Step Back: A Walking Tour of Queer Old North Beach,” Radar Productions, tour guide, June 2014.

“Cruisin’ the Castro: From Gay Liberation to Tourist Destination,” Western American Women’s History conference, keynote, Pomona, CA, May 5, 2014.

“Death and Taxes: Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times,” Berkshire Women’s History Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2014.

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?: New Feminisms and Queer Histories,” Re-Reading the Feminist Sixties, one-day conference, University of California Santa Barbara, February 2014.

“Changing the Subjects: Remaking the Futures of the Feminist Past,” National Women’s Studies Association, plenary, November 2013.

“Queer Tourism and Late Capitalism,” American Studies Association, Washington DC, November 2013.

“Cruisin the Castro’: Tourism and Neoliberal Consumption in San Francisco,” University of Chicago, May 2013.

Eating the Other: Tourism and Commodification in San Francisco,Organization of American Historians, San Francisco, April 2013.

Commentator on a panel entitled Queer Transfrancisco: Pasts, Presents, and Futures of the ‘Sodom by the Sea’, American Anthropology Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

“Rethinking Gentrification” National Women Studies Association, Oakland, CA, November 2012.

“Book Spotlight: Bodies of Evidence, the Practice of Queer Oral History,” Oral History Association, Cleveland, OH, October 2012.

“Cashing In: Race, Sex, and Tourism in San Francisco,” at The Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Feb 2012.

"Talking About Sex" at a panel on Queer Oral History Methods at the American Historical Association meetings, Chicago, IL, January 5-8, 2012.

"Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy's Interdisciplinary, Queer Career" at the American Studies Association meetings, Baltimore, MD, October 20-23, 2011.

"Cashing In: Sex, Race, and Tourism in San Francisco" at a panel entitled Sex, Race, and Migration in the U.S. West at the Western History Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, October 13-16, 2011.

"What's So Gay about San Francisco?" invited guest lecture at Santa Clara University, October 11, 2011.

"Lesbian Generations," a roundtable at the Berkshire Women's History Conference, Amherst, MA, June 9-12, 2011.

"San Francisco's Castro: Gay Liberation to Tourist Destination" at Tourism Imaginaries/ Imaginaires Touristique, Conference, Université Paris, Sorbonne, and UC Berkeley, February 18-20, 2011.

"Liz Kennedy: Lesbian/Queer Oral History Pioneer" on a panel entitled Women's Studies Legacies and Futures: A Tribute to the Work of Elizabeth Kennedy at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 10-14, 2010.

Participant on a panel entitled "When Monarchs Meet Queens" as part of Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City series at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 17, 2010.

Participant on a panel entitled "From Free Love to Folsom Street" at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), 564 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2010.