Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women's Studies
Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the American Studies and Women's Studies departments and is a faculty affiliate in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Studies program. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester's Frederick Douglass Institute and a faculty associate in the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. He received his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007. His writings include “Transformance: Reading the Gospel in Drag” published in the Journal of Homosexuality (2004) and a book manuscript currently under review, entitled “Quaring” the Closet: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Sexual Passing. This manuscript maps the evolution of "Down Low" (DL) men who traditionally identify as “straight” while having sex with other men and refuse to employ the standardized descriptors of sexual identity. His major areas of research include popular culture, critical race/gender/sexuality theory, masculinities, whiteness studies, and 20th century African American literature and culture.
Ph.D. Performance Studies (Northwestern University, 2007)
M.A. Communication Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
B.S.S. Speech/Theatre and Secondary Education (Cornell College)