Bio


Greg Youmans is a film and media scholar, historian, and videomaker.

He is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He earned his PhD from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to Western, he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Colgate University, and also held a visiting scholar position at the Beatrice Bain Research Group in critical feminist studies at UC Berkeley.

Youmans is a scholar working in the fields of film and media studies and LGBTQ history, politics, and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the 1970s. His book on the groundbreaking 1977 gay and lesbian documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives appeared in 2011 as part of Arsenal Pulp Press's Queer Film Classics series, edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays. He has also published articles in Camera Obscura, eflux, and Millennium Film Journal, and is currently at work on a book manuscript titled "Thank You Anita!: Queer Media Activism and the Gay Liberal Turn."

Youmans is also a videomaker whose work has been shown at the Tate Modern (London), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan), and numerous art galleries and queer film festivals. From 2008-13, he made the video series Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg in collaboration with Chris Vargas. The series playfully explores divisions of identity, lifestyle, and politics within LGBT communities.

Youmans also organizes "Queer Are You Going, Queer Have You Been," a project designed to rekindle awareness of lesser-known figures from the queer past. The project launched in 2013 with a public event about San Francisco Bay Area queer activist Tede Matthews (1951–1993) and a writing project about lesbian poet Elsa Gidlow (1898–1986).

A cv is available here (September 2014).

Contact at gregyoumans (at) gmail (dot) com.