Stephen Vider is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Public History Initiative at Cornell University. His research examines the social practices and politics of everyday life in the 20th century United States, with a focus on intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. His current book project, The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity After World War II (November 2021, University of Chicago Press), traces how American conceptions of the home have shaped LGBT relationships and politics from 1945 to the present. His academic writing has appeared in American Quarterly, Gender & History, Transition, American Psychologist, and The Public Historian, as well as several edited volumes.
Vider has also contributed to a range of public history projects. As an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, he curated the exhibition AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism (May to October 2017), exploring how activists and artists have mobilized domestic space and redefined family in response to HIV/AIDS, from the 1980s to the present. A Place in the City, a short film he co-directed with Nate Lavey for AIDS at Home, has also been featured in film festivals and programs in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Istanbul. He was also co-curator of the exhibition Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York (October 2016 to February 2017) and co-author of an accompanying book. His popular writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Avidly, Time, Smithsonian.com, and Slate.
Vider completed his PhD at Harvard University in History of American Civilization in 2013, with a secondary field in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Sexuality at Yale University. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Museum Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr College from 2017 to 2019.