Steve Estes


Steve Estes
Stevenson 2070D

Steve Estes studies the social and cultural history of modern America.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Academic Interests

The American South, California, Civil Rights, Labor, Sports, Gender, and Sexuality


Modern U.S. History


Professor Steve Estes will be out on sabbatical during the Spring 2019 semester.


Professor Steve Estes was born in North Carolina, and he grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in history and economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1994. After spending a short while working in San Francisco, he went to the University of Georgia for an M.A. in history and then to the University of North Carolina for a Ph.D. in history. Along the way, he worked as an interviewer for the Southern Oral History Program in North Carolina, a counselor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, a teacher in the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Mississippi, a researcher at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and a guest curator at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Dr. Estes lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he likes to play music and surf.

Selected Publications & Presentations

"The Long Gay Line: Gender and Sexual Orientation at The Citadel," Southern Cultures, Spring 2010 16(1): 46-64.

"A Question of Honor: Manhood, Honor, and Massive Resistance" in Trent Watts, ed., White Masculinity in the Recent South (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008).

Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out (University of North Carolina Press, 2007).