Dr. Alex Warner received her doctorate from the History Department at Rutgers University on May 15th, 2011. Her dissertation examines the intersections of the politics of feminism and sexual liberation through investigating the organization of lesbian sado-masochists in the 1970s and 80s. Alex has received a research grants from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard and the Mellon Foundation and was the recipient of the Lesbian Caucus Scholarship Award from the National Women's Studies Association. She has presented her work at the American Historical Association, the Society of American Archivists and has an upcoming panel at the Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians.
Dr. Warner is honored to have curated the Leather Archive & Museum's first Women's Leather History Project exhibit, which opened Memorial Day weekend 2011 in Chicago, and has presented her work at Leather community events such as International Ms Leather, New York LeatherFest and Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. Dr. Alex has taught courses in the History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments at Rutgers, Seton Hall, and San Francisco State University as well as for the Writing Program and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers.
Most recently, Dr. Alex relocated to Maine and has launched a crisis coaching and trauma recovery guide service.
In 2011, I curated the first exhibit of the WLHP, entitled "A Room of Her Own." The exhibit will open Memorial Day/IML weekend in Chicago. Check out the press release about the exhibit or read my curator's statement. Better yet, join us for the Opening!
Check out the collaborative project I did with the incredible artist/activist Katie Diamondon Samois, the world's first SM club for women, by clicking here! (or on the logo or the title)
Leatherdyke History Project
As part and parcel of my dissertation research, I began a small scale oral history project by interviewing Leatherdykes who were active in the community throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Anyone who would like access to these interviews or my research materials can contact me directly.