Dr. Jake Newsome is a scholar of German and American LGBTQ history. He earned his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and his research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. His current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust explores the fate of gay and lesbian Holocaust victims, and the role that Holocaust memories played in gay rights activism. Dr. Newsome is the recipient of multiple research and teaching awards, scholarships, and fellowships. He is also a public scholar and international speaker, who has presented at the Library of Congress for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and was invited to Paris by the French government to speak about the memorialization of gay Holocaust victims.
Dr. Newsome completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Valdosta State University, where he developed his love of education. Since then, his work as a public historian has been dedicated to guiding learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion, establish an understanding of the power and limits of human agency, and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship.