Public History

Dr. J speaking at the Library of Congress for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
(June 2019)

Dr. J’s work as a public historian is dedicated to making high quality scholarship accessible, engaging, and relevant to diverse audiences beyond the classroom. By shining light on the LGBTQ+ past, Dr. J seeks to guide learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship.

As a public scholar, Dr. J:


In addition to his forthcoming book, Dr. J makes LGBTQ+ Holocaust history accessible to broad and diverse audiences through a range of outlets.

Social Media
Dr. J regularly publishes stories of LGBTQ+ individuals, artifacts, and books on his social media channels! Follow him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!

Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and International Gay Rights Activism (April 2017)

Liberation Was Only for Others: Breaking the Silence in Germany Surrounding the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals
The Holocaust in History and Memory Vol. 7 (2014): 53-71

A Comedy Based on Serious Political History
A brief history of the Lavender Scare in the playbill for Perfect Arrangement, directed by Amy Berlin and performed at Richmond Triangle Players
(Richmond, VA; 2016)

Book Review: Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (by Laurie Marhoefer)
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Newsletter (Spring 2017)

Pink Triangle
Entry for the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019)


Dr. J regularly speaks to audiences ranging from high school & college classes to community centers, corporations, & government agencies about the experiences of LGBTQ+ people during & after the Holocaust. He was also recently interviewed for a podcast on the history of the pink triangle. See the events page for information on upcoming lectures and recordings of past events.

Download this PDF for information to request a speaking engagement.


Dr. J shares his expertise by consulting on a range of projects, including films, podcasts, exhibits, novels, plays, and social media campaigns.

He recently served as the Lead Historical Advisor for the film The Liberator (currently in post-production), starring Ryan Jamaal Swain. Dr. J also consulted on an upcoming social media campaign for the Unspoken feature film (IG: @unspokenfeaturefilm)

Dr. J also served as Content Expert Consult for The Nazis’ Victims, a student-curated exhibit at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He has also consulted with novelists and playwrights on a number of projects that are still in production.


Dr. J conducts innovative research on queer German and American history using archival material and conducting original interviews. In addition to his forthcoming book with Cornell University Press, he publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals and contributes to academic conferences and events.

He recently published LGBTQ+ Terminology in History Education community research report that is meant to help guide history educators in using informed, accurate, inclusive, and dynamic language when teaching about LGBTQ+ history.


In an effort to equip educators and learners to explore the LGBTQ+ past, Dr. J creates multimedia educational resources on the fate of queer people during and after the Holocaust. He also collects and compiles resources on the topic created by other individuals and institutions to make them more easily accessible to learners.

Visit the resources page.

Inquire about a speaking engagement or book a free consultation today!