Today we profile Robin Bernstein, who has written the chapter “Staging Lesbian and Gay New York” for the Companion.

Robin is a cultural historian who focuses on U.S. performance and theater, race, gender, sexuality, and childhood during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Yale and is currently Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and of History and Literature. Her most recent publication is Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater (University of Michigan Press, 2006), which includes memoirs and interviews by Edward Albee, Cherry Jones, Peggy Shaw, Craig Lucas, George C. Wolfe, and others. She is also the editor of Generation Q (Alyson Press, 1996) and the author of a children’s book titled Terrible, Terrible! (Kar-Ben, 1998).

Robin’s current project, “Racial Innocence: Performing Childhood and Race from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to the New Negro Movement,” is under contract to New York University Press. Her most recent article,