Tristan Cabello, Assistant Director, Senior Lecturer

Tristan Cabello (PhD, History, Northwestern University) is Assistant Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Cabello’s research explores the intersection of race, sexuality, class and popular culture in modern American culture. His first monograph Queer Bronzeville: Race, Sexuality and Black Chicago, 1920-1980 documents the shaping of African American queer cultures in Chicago.

Tristan Cabello is also a digital humanities scholar. His virtual exhibit “Queer Bronzeville: The History of African American Gays and Lesbians in Chicago” won the “Outhistory Fellowship.” His forthcoming digital history project, entitled “Queering the Chocolate City,” will explore the history of black queer cultures in Washington, DC.

Cabello’s research was supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Tristan Cabello directed the American Studies Program at American University, from 2014 to 2018. At American University, he taught various interdisciplinary courses on wide array of topics: “The Global Cultures of Michael Jackson,” “In The Life: Black Queer Culture and History,” “Washington, DC: Life Inside a Monument,” “American Lives/American Dreams,” “Poverty and Culture,” and “Global Hip Hop.” Before joining American University, Dr. Cabello taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Bowdoin College.

Born and raised in France, Tristan Cabello received his BA and MA in American Studies from the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg, France) and his MA and PhD in US History from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

You can follow Tristan Cabello on Twitter @tristancabello

Tristan Cabello, PhD