First Completion of SQS Certificate

The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies announces the first completion of our Queer and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate! Last week Kevin McKenna successfully presented his capstone project on queer histories and geographies of Seattle. Thanks to Michael Brown and Larry Knopp for their mentorship. Big congratulations to Kevin on an excellent capstone presentation and resulting discussion!


Kevin McKenna first gained an interest in queer studies and history as a senior at Columbia University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2010. Upon graduating, Kevin enrolled in the graduate program in the University of Washington History Department. He received his master’s degree in December 2011, gaining promotion into the PhD program. Kevin received his Queer Studies Certificate in March 2013 under the guidance of Michael Brown, completing courses with Brown, Chandan Reddy, Calla Chancellor, and Amanda Swarr. He will be taking his qualifying exams in Spring 2013 with committee chair Susan Glenn, Margaret O’Mara, and Moon-Ho Jung in the History Department and Amanda Swarr in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department. His dissertation will examine intersections of race and sexuality in urban space and municipal politics in Seattle from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, looking at coalitional activism and divergence over civil rights issues, AIDS, and neighborhood politics.

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