Martin Duberman

Martin Bauml Duberman (b. August 6, 1930) is an American historian, playwright, and gay-rights activist. He is the Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York and was the founder and first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. He has authored over twenty books including James Russell Lowell (a National Book Award finalist), Paul Robeson, Stonewall, and the memoir Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey. He is also a neoabolitionist scholar, as evidenced by his edited collection of essays, The Antislavery Vanguard. His play In White America won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production in 1963. Duberman has served on the boards of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund and the National Gay Task Force.

Duberman has a wide range of interests. In 2007 he published The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, a biography of the man who was the force behind George Balanchine's New York City Ballet.


  • Charles Francis Adams, 1807–1886, Houghton, 1961.
  • In White America (play), 1963.
  • The Antislavery Vanguard: New Essays on the Abolitionists (editor), Princeton University Press, 1965.
  • James Russell Lowell, Houghton, 1966.
  • Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community, Dutton, 1972.
  • Male Armor: Selected Plays, 1968–1974, Dutton, 1975.
  • About Time: Exploring the Gay Past, Gay Presses of New York, 1986.
  • Paul Robeson, Knopf, 1988.
  • Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (co-editor), NAL, 1989.
  • Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey, Dutton, 1991.
  • Stonewall, Dutton, 1993.
  • Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971–1981, Scribner, 1996.
  • Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion: Essays, 1964–1999, Basic Books, 1999.
  • Haymarket (novel), Seven Stories Press, 2004.
  • "The Avenging Angel" (a reconsideration of John Brown), The Nation, May 23, 2005.
  • The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, Knopf, 2007.

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