Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Eric Nolan Gonzaba

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Twentieth century U.S. history, LGBT culture, African American history, urban nightlife

Eric Gonzaba earned his PhD in American history at George Mason University in 2019. His research interests revolve around the cultural politics of race and sexuality in late 20th century America, particularly 1970s/1980s African American and queer history.

Eric is the creator of Wearing Gay History, an award-winning online digital archive and museum 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 contributing editor to OutHistory, a site and blog dedicated to uncovering the queer past. 

In 2017, he founded the Trump Protest Archive, a digital repository aimed at documenting the various voices of American and international resistance to the current political order in the United States.

Current Research

Gonzaba is currently revising his dissertation for publication. Entitled Because the Night: Nightlife and Remaking the Gay Male World, 1970-2000, the book will examine the resistance to racial discrimination and the policing of sexual desire at gay nightlife establishments in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Grants and Fellowships

Point Foundation Scholar, 2017-2018

Predoctoral Fellow for Excellence through Diversity, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2018

Student Project Award, National Council on Public History, 2016

McKinnon-Morton Fellowship, George Mason University, 2015

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

Courses Taught

The Digital Past
Women in American History
United States History to 1865
United States History Since 1865
History of Western Civilization
Introduction to World History


PhD, History, George Mason University, 2019

MA, History, George Mason University, 2014

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

BA, Political Science and History, Indiana University, 2012

Recent Presentations

“Where Else Can We Go?: The Black Gay Bar in the Urban Mid Atlantic,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2019

"A Mini Rage: Parsing Race & Racism in Late 20th-Century Queer Activist Apparel," American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 10, 2018.

"Say It Like You Mean It: Graduate Education and Creative Expression in Thinking, Making, and Doing History," American Historical Association 131st Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, January 7, 2017. 

“Carding and the Clubs: Fighting Discrimination at Washington Gay Bars, 1973-1985," 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History, Washington D.C., November 5, 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.

In the Media

Christopher Harrity, "A Wearable Revolution," The Advocate, February 17, 2016

"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