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Dr. Patrick Dilley has had third book published

March 13, 2019


Dr. Patrick Dilley

Patrick Dilley, Professor of Higher Education and Qualitative Research, and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, had his third book published in February, 2019. Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: Early Non-Heterosexual Student Organizing at Midwestern Universities was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dilley worked on the project behind the book for almost 20 years, scouring archives across the country, researching journalistic accounts of historical events as well as institutional records. Most importantly, he interviewed a number of the former college students who created the early gay and lesbian college student organizations, to understand their vision for change and how they enacted it on their campuses. He captured their voices to provide personal as well as institutional contexts to the changes wrought by the student organizations.

Scholars of the history of higher education and of college student identity praised Dr. Dilley’s work prior to its publication. Ohio State University’s Jackie Blount noted, “Patrick Dilley has broken ground... by compiling an impressive collection of accounts describing the surge of activism during these years at a variety of large Midwestern institutions.” John Thelin of the University of Kentucky wrote, “By bringing this story into the mainstream of higher education scholarship, Dilley has expanded our understanding of the entire American college and university structures and cultures.” Robert Reason from Iowa State University commented, “This comprehensive and well-sourced history is an excellent contribution to our understanding of social movements on college campuses.” Kristen Renn of Michigan State University and current president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, declared, “This book will be a key resources for understanding queer campus life in the second half of the 20th century.

The advance recognition of Dilley’s work also extends to scholars of sexuality. Nicholas Syrett, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, gave the book high praise.

In this meticulously researched book, Patrick Dilley not only gives us the first comprehensive history of LGBT organizing on college campuses, he also provides a framework for understanding how these student groups formed, did their work, and ultimately changed their politics with the world around them. This is required reading for historians of education, activism, and sexuality.

A faculty member at SIUC since 2001, Dilley has spent the past 25 years exploring nonheterosexual students and collegiate histories. The American College Personnel Association named him an Emerging Scholar and bestowed upon him its Annuit Coeptis Award. In addition, Dilley received the Research Recognition Award from ACPA’s Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness for his body of research, including his first book, Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual Men in College, 1945-2000 (Routledge, 2002). A past director of SIUC’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs, from 2004 to 2006, Dilley was Associate Editor of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, and he served as a reviewing Editorial Board member of the Journal of College Student Development.