Jennifer Brier

Associate professor of history and gender and women's studies


Jennifer Brier

Jennifer Brier (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

Historian Jennifer Brier studies the intersection of gender, race and sexuality.

Brier says arguments over the best ways to keep people healthy are fundamentally political as well as medical.

Her book, “Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis,” shows how the AIDS epidemic influenced health care and foreign policy, reproductive health, gay and lesbian rights and racial justice.

Brier also argues that despite the impact of the AIDS crisis on American politics in the 1980s and 1990s, the era was not as politically conservative as it is often characterized.

She co-curated “Out in Chicago,” the Chicago History Museum’s 2011-12 exhibition highlighting 150 years of LGBT history in Chicago and serves on the planning committee for Out at CHM, the museum’s gay and lesbian public lecture program.

She is the lead investigator of the UIC-based project History Moves, a mobile gallery for the public display of history and art.

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