DARIUS BOST portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies


Darius Bost is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation.  His research focuses in the areas of African American and African diaspora cultural studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; LGBT and queer history; trauma studies; and HIV/AIDS.  His first book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2018), 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. This research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, the President's Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University, the Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars Program at the New York Public Library, and the Provost’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania. Related research has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of American HistoryCriticism, Palimpsest, Journal of West Indian LiteratureOccasion, and several edited collections. He is currently co-editing (with La Marr Jurelle Bruce and Brandon J. Manning) a special issue of The Black Scholar on "Black Masculinities and the Matter of Vulnerability," and (with Marlon M. Bailey) a special issue of Souls on ‘The Black AIDS Epidemic.’ His current project is a transnational study of black queer photography.


  • Ph.D., American Studies, University of Maryland-College Park