Professor of History
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
Claire Potter joined The New School faculty as Professor of History in 2012. She teaches courses in the history of politics, gender, sexuality and media, as well as digital humanities and internet studies. She is the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers, 1998) and co-editor, with Renee Romano, of Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.) She is affiliated with the School sof Public Engagement, Historical Studies, and the Creative Publishing and Journalism program at NSSR.
Claire is Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, dedicated to promoting digital practices in the classroom, faculty research and the community that surrounds the New School. A member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Sexuality, she is a co-director of OutHistory.org and Public Seminar. She is currently working on a book of essays about digital history, a co-edited collection of essays about Hamilton: the Musical, and a monograph about the politics of anti-pornography campaigns in the late twentieth century United States.
You can find out more about Claire and read some of her work, at her website.
Ph.D., History, New York University
M.A., History, New York University
B.A., English, Yale University
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
American Studies Association
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Association of Internet Researchers
Co-edited with Renee Romano, Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.)
“Taking Back Times Square: Feminist Repertoires and the Transformation of Urban Space In Late Second Wave Feminism,” Andy Urban and Amy Tyson, Eds. Radical History Review special issue “Calling the Law Into Question,” issue 113 (spring 2012).
“Paths to Political Citizenship: Feminism, Gay Rights and the Carter Presidency,” Special Issue on Gender, Eileen Boris, Ed., Journal of Policy History (winter 2011-12), 95-114.
“Because It Is Gone Now: Teaching The September 11 Digital Archive,” OAH Magazine of History v. 25 no. 3 (Summer 2011), 31-34.
“Women Gone Wild: An Introduction to Feminist Blogging,” introductory essay for a roundtable edited for Journal of Women’s History vol. 22 no. 4 (winter, 2010), 185-189.
“Queer Hoover: Sex, Lies and Political History,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 15 no. 3 (September 2006), pp. 355-381. Awarded the 2007-08 Audre Lorde article prize by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (American Historical Association affiliate society).
United States political history; gender, sexuality and feminism; digital humanities and Internet studies.
NEH Eduring Questions grant, 2017.
2007-08 Audre Lorde article prize by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (American Historical Association affiliate society) – see above.
Cliopatria award for Best History Blog Post, 2008 for “What Would Natalie Zemon Davis Do?” June 19 2008 (http://bit.ly/hsawew).
Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association, 1988
Blogs, Social Media & News
Ind Senior Project
Sexual Revol: Love in Public
Our Lives on the Internet