David Halperin (born April 2, 1952) is an American theorist in the fields of gender studies, queer theory, critical theory, material culture and visual culture. Openly gay, he is the cofounder of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Halperin graduated from Oberlin College and went on to receive his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. He used the method of genealogy to figure out the history of homosexuality.
He is currently W. H. Auden Collegiate Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan.
- Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983)
- Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World, edited with John J. Winkler and Froma I. Zeitlin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990)
- One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and other essays on Greek Love (New York: Routledge, 1990)
- The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, edited with Henry Abelove and Michele Aina Barale (New York: Routledge, 1993)
- Saint Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995)
- How to Do the History of Homosexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)
- What Do Gay Men Want? (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007)
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