Darius Bost

Assistant Professor

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(415) 405-0411

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Tuesday: 2:00-3:00
Thursday: 2:00-3:00


Darius Bost is 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 Black cultural studies, LGBT and queer studies, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, trauma studies, and HIV/AIDS.  His book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press), is an interdisciplinary study of black gay cultural movements in Washington, D.C., and New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. His research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the President’s Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, the Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars Program at the New York Public Library, and the Penn Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Related research has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of American History, Criticism, Journal of West Indian Literature, Occasion, and several edited collections.


Loneliness: Black Gay Longing in the Work of Essex Hemphill. Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literature and the Arts 59.3 (Forthcoming, Fall 2018)

Interchange: AIDS and U.S. History.  Journal of American History 104.2 (September 2017): 431-460.

At the Club: Locating Early Black Gay AIDS Activism in Washington, D.C. 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 (2012): 83-104.