Benjamin Kahan

Benjamin  Kahan 

Assistant Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Northwestern
Master's Degree: University of Pennsylvania
PhD: University of Pennsylvania
Phone: (225) 578-3156


Office: 223-D Allen Hall






Benjamin Kahan is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Sydney. During 2016-2017, he will be a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke, 2013) and the editor of Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality (Cornell, 2016). His second book project is entitled Sexual Etiologies and the Great Paradigm Shift. 



Area of Interest

the history of sexuality and gender, queer theory, 20th century American literature and culture, psychoanalysis and sexology, race and ethnicity, critical theory.

Recent Publications



 “Conjectures on the Sexual World-System” (forthcoming in 2017 from GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies)  

 “Ray Johnson’s Anti-Archive: Sadomasochism, Blackface, and the Sexual and Racial Imagination of Pop Art,” (forthcoming in 2017 from Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities).

“Gay Autobiography in the Interwar Years, Or What Kind of Theory of Biography Does Queer Theory Need?” (The Cambridge History of American Gay Autobiography edited by David Bergman) (forthcoming) 

“Antediluvian Sex: Countée Cullen, Christopher Smart, and the Queerness of Uplift” African American Review 48.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 191-202

“The Walk-in Closet: Situational Homosexuality and Homosexual Panic in Hellman’s The Children’s Hour,” Criticism 55.2 (Spring 2013): 177-201  

“Queer Modernism” in A Handbook of Modernism Studies, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (Wiley-Blackwell, May 2013): 343-358

Curriculum Vitae