Darius Bost

Assistant Professor

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On fellowship leave during Fall 2017


Darius Bost is an Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies and Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University.  His research focuses in the areas of African Diasporic literatures and cultures, LGBT and queer studies, gender and sexuality studies, trauma studies, urban studies, and critical HIV/AIDS studies.  His current book project, tentatively titled, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (under contract, The University of Chicago Press), is an interdisciplinary study of black gay cultural movements in Washington, D.C., and New York City during the early era of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. His research has been supported by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, the Presidential Award and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University, the Penn Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars Program at the New York Public Library.  Bost comes to SFSU from the University of Maryland-College Park, where he earned his Ph.D. in American Studies.


Research Interests

African Diasporic Literatures and Cultures

LGBT and Queer Studies 

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Trauma Studies

Critical HIV/AIDS Studies



Sexuality Studies



In the Life: Queering Violence in the Stories of G. Winston James. Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital. New Black Studies Series. University of Illinois Press (Forthcoming, Spring 2017)


Loneliness: Black Gay Longing in the Work of Essex Hemphill. Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literature and the Arts (Forthcoming, 2016)


At the Club: Locating Early Black Gay AIDS Activism in Washington, DC. . Race, Space, and Scale Special Issue. Eds. Wendy Cheng and Rashad Shabazz. Occasion 8 (Fall, 2015)


Traumatizing Black Masculinities: Bearing Witness to Male Rape in the African Diaspora. Caribbean Masculinities Special Issue. Journal of West Indian Literature 20.1-2 (2013) 83-104.