Benjamin Kahan

Benjamin Kahan

Robert Penn Warren Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

223-D Allen Hall


Benjamin Kahan is the Robert Penn Warren Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Louisiana State University. He has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Reed Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the University of Sydney, the University of Pittsburgh, Emory University, and Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke, 2013) and The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality (Chicago, 2019). His new monograph Sexual Aim and Its Misses is under contract with Chicago. He is also the editor of Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality (Cornell, 2016), The Cambridge History of Queer American Literature (in production with Cambridge), and a co-editor of Theory Q, a book series from Duke University Press.

Area(s) of Interest

History of Sexuality, American Literature, International Modernism

Curriculum Vitae