Simon Fisher

Assistant Professor

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Research Topics:
  • United States History (1865-present)
  • History of Gender and Sexuality
  • African American History
  • Queer and Transgender Studies


  • BA (English Literature/Women’s Studies) – DePaul University
  • MA (Interdisciplinary Humanities) – University of Chicago
  • PhD (History) – University of Wisconsin-Madison 



  • HIST 2615/GWST 2301  Making Gender: Sex & Gender from the American Revolution
  • HIST 3600 Social Justice in US History (20th c)
  • HIST 4501 US Colonialism and Post-colonialism 


  • HIST 2332 The American Republic from 1865 (survey)
  • HIST 3369 America in the 1960
  • HIST 2335 Modern American Culture

Office Hours

  • By appointment

Selected Publications

  • Fisher, Simon D. Elin. “Challenging Dissemblance in Pauli Murray Historiography, Sketching a History of the Trans New Negro,” Journal of African American History, 104.2 (2019).
  • Republished in Narrow, Stephanie, Kim Carry Warren, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, eds. Unequal Sisters: A Revolutionary Reader in U.S. Women’s History. Routledge, 2023.
  • Fisher, Simon D. Elin, Ido Katri, and Rasheedah Phillips, eds., Somatechnics - Trans Temporalities [special issue], 7.1 (2017).
  • Fisher, Simon D. Elin. “Pauli Murray’s Peter Panic: Perspectives from the Margins of Race and Gender in Jim Crow America,” Transgender Studies Quarterly, 3.1 (2016).
  • Republished in Stryker, Susan, and Dylan McCarthy Blackston, eds. The Transgender Studies Reader Remix. Routledge, 2022.