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Robert Deam Tobin

Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture, Clark University

My work has generally been at the cross-section of LGBTQ studies and German studies. My major publications include "Warm Brothers: Queer Theory and the Age of Goethe" (2000); "Doctor's Orders: Goethe and Enlightenment Science" (2001); "Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex" (2015); "LGBTQ+ Worcester: For the Record" (2019, with Joseph Cullon and Stephanie Yuhl). With Ivan Raykoff, I'm the co-editor of "A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest" (2007).


  • –present
    Henry J Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture , Clark University


  • 1990 
    Princeton University, German Literature


Recipient of a Key to the City of Worcester, the city’s highest honor, for work on local LGBTQ+ history (2020); Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, Universität Wien and Sigmund Freud Museum (2013); Rockefeller Fellow in the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University (2004-5); Fulbright Senior Scholar Berlin (2000); DAAD Fellowship for dissertation work, Freiburg (1986-87)