Whitney Strub received his doctorate in U.S. history from UCLA, and taught at the University of Miami, California State University-Fullerton, UCLA, and Temple University before joining the Federated Department at Rutgers, where he is associate professor.
His first book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right, was published in 2011 by Columbia University Press. It charts the use of antipornography campaigns as organizing devices in the mobilization of the modern conservative movement and its “family values” agenda, and also shows the failure of modern liberalism to adequately respond to reactionary sexual politics.
Strub’s articles have appeared in such venues as the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women’s History, American Quarterly, and Journal of Social History. His work highlights the productive nature of battles over obscenity and pornography as analytical windows into such topics as racial politics in Memphis, heteronormativity in Los Angeles, and the fault lines of modern feminist activism.
Teaching in History, American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies, Strub’s courses frequently focus on matters of gender, sexuality, law, culture, film, and politics.