Alumnus Ian Michael Baldwin Wins Organization of American Historians Award

Apr. 12, 2017

UNLV alumnus Ian Michael Baldwin (’16 Ph.D. History) was recently honored by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) with its inaugural John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award.

The award, given annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in United States LGBTQ history, recognized Baldwin’s “Family, Housing, and the Political Geography of Gay Liberation in Los Angeles County, 1960-1986,” written under the advisement of Professor Marcia Gallo.

A press release distributed by OAH reads: “The committee was deeply impressed by the originality of Baldwin’s approach to the history of gay politics in Los Angeles. … Through extensive and thorough research in archives that are often underutilized, Baldwin carefully reconstructs a shift from queer housing and social service initiatives directed at the poor and marginalized toward the gay identity politics and commercial development that characterized the incorporation and gentrification of West Hollywood.”

Baldwin is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Redlands, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The award was presented on April 8 during the OAH annual meeting.