Julian Carter is a queer theorist and critical historian whose work focuses on normativity, embodiment and the construction of identity.
He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1890–1940 (Duke University Press, 2007). The book uses sex advice writing and other vintage pop-cultural sources to show how the concept of “normality” combines ideas about heterosexuality and whiteness in a way that makes it difficult for white, straight people to perceive the specificity of their subject-positions. Other publications include essays on lesbian pulp fiction and the politics of disidentification; the racial imaginary of early gay and lesbian historical writing; and the theoretical as well as social boundaries on lesbian identity, for which he earned a citation in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Currently he is working on a phenomenological account of the “wrong body” experience filtered through contemporary dance performance.
Before coming to CCA in 2006, Julian taught at Stanford and New York University. He sits on the editorial board of the new Trans Studies Quarterly and the governing board of the international Committee on LGBT History. Major academic honors include the Ida B. Wells Prize of the American Historical Association's Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.