Dr. Jason Ezell is Monroe Library’s Head of Instruction & Research as well as the History Librarian. As an American Studies scholar, his research is interdisciplinary, sampling from his graduate studies in English, information science, history, ethnographic methods, and film/media studies. His main area of historical research is U.S. LGBTQ+ movement history, and his current project traces the permutations of a 1970s gay liberationist collective in the Southeast – from the Ozarks to New Orleans to Appalachia. This research was honored with a 2021 Marquette Fellowship, and it engages the leftist politics, gender expression, print culture, spirituality, and sanctuary practices of such collectives. He also serves as a mentor for thesis projects on LGBTQ+ history.
PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland (2017); MSIS, Information Science, University of Tennessee (2009); MA, English, University of Virginia (2004); BA, English, Maryville College (1993)
First Brick: Rebuilding the Stonewall Story
Areas of Expertise
LGBTQ+ cultural and political history
The New Left
The U.S. South