History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Twentieth century U.S. history, LGBT culture, African American history, conservative backlash politics

Eric Gonzaba is currently a doctoral student in American history at George Mason University. He received his BA in history and political science from Indiana University in 2012 and an MA in history and women/gender studies from George Mason University in 2014. His research interests revolve around the cultural politics of race and gender in late 20th century America, particularly 1970s African American and queer nightlife. He formerly served as the editorial assistant for the Indiana Magazine of History, one of the nation’s oldest historical journals.

Eric is the creator of Wearing Gay History, an online digital archive which explores the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities through t-shirts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rainbow History Project, which collects and preserves LGBT history in metropolitan Washington DC. He also is a regular contributor to OutHistory, a site and blog dedicated to uncovering the queer past. 

Grants and Fellowships

Student Project Award, National Council on Public History, 2016

McKinnon-Morton Fellowship, 2015

Michael Schoenecke Grant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2015


Masters of Arts, History, George Mason University, 2014

Graduate Certificate, Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University, 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, Indiana University, 2012

Recent Presentations

“Rainbow Heritage and History: Preserving The Records of DC’s LGBT Communities,” Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington D.C., October 15, 2016.

"Gay Activism in Washington During the 1960s and 1970s ," Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2016.

"Wearing What You Preach: Making an LGBT Digital Archive," Gay American History @ 40 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer History: Past, Present, Future, New York, NY, May 6, 2016.

"Defending Dullsville: Madonna, Protest, and Community Identity in the Heartland," Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2, 2015.

"Ignoring Charles Stuart: Race, Reaction, and Redirection in Boston," George Mason Department of History and Art History M.A. Colloquium, Fairfax, Virginia, April 21, 2014.

In the Media

"Five More Digital History Projects We Loved in 2015," Slate Magazine, December 21, 2015  

“Exhibit Shares GLBT History Through T-Shirts,” Indiana Daily Student, April 3, 2012