Dr Justin Bengry

Justin Bengry is Director of the Centre for Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London where he convenes the world’s first MA in Queer History. He is a cultural historian of sexualities and the queer past focusing on popular culture, media and policy in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Britain.

Justin’s primary research focuses on the relationships between homosexuality and capitalism, and he is currently writing a pre-history of the Pink Pound. He also researches questions related to ‘Turing’s Law’, the so-called ‘gay pardon’, as well as queer local and public histories. Justin is an Associate of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, co-convenor of the Institute of Historical Research History of Sexuality Seminar, and co-founder and Managing Editor of the leading history of sexuality blog NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.

Before taking up the post of Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, Justin was lead researcher on Historic England’s queer history initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage, which saw historic locations across England receive statutory listing on the basis of their LGBTQ significance. He was then lead researcher on the 2-year AHRC project Queer Beyond London: Sexualities and Localities, 1965-2013, which identifies the significance of place and locality to LGBTQ lives and experiences beyond the capital. His research has appeared widely in academic journals as well as across mainstream and international media outlets. Justin’s book The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.