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 forthcoming book, Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2022), traces the transformation of the pink triangle from a concentration camp badge in Nazi Germany into a symbol of queer activism, pride, and community beginning in the 1970s. 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 been invited by institutions ranging from small community centers to the French and UK governments and the US Library of Congress to speak about the memorialization of the Nazis’ gay 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 and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship.
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