Ariel Eisenberg | Adjunct Professor
Office: 210 Buckman Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3290 | Email:



My teaching interests include the history of gender and sexuality (and their intersections with race, class, and dis/ability) and the history of the city in the twentieth century United States. I approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective, and encourage students to consider especially how geography and critical race/gender/sexuality theory can enhance historical study. History is, at its most fundamental, the study of change over time; my favorite thing about teaching is working with students to examine how and why, where and for whom change occurs, and why the dynamic processes of the past are worth understanding. 


My current research focuses on homelessness in New York City in the 1980s. I examine neighborhood struggles, public policy debates, and media discourse around homelessness to argue that "the homeless crisis"--as this period was often called--reflected not just a demographic increase in the number of un-housed people, but also a shift in cultural understandings of poverty, citizenship, embodiment, and urban space in the late-twentieth century United States.


Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in progress
M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
B.A., History, Barnard College, 2004


History 205 – Queer Histories