Samuel Clowes Huneke

Samuel Clowes Huneke

Samuel Clowes Huneke

Assistant Professor

Modern Europe, Modern Germany, History of Sexuality, Legal History, History of Science and Mathematics

Samuel Clowes Huneke is a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on the social and political history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. He is broadly interested in how everyday life intersects with and shapes the relationships between citizens and states. His research foci include the history of gender and sexuality, legal history, and the history of science and mathematics. Dr. Huneke received a B.A. summa cum laude in German and Mathematics from Amherst College, an M.Sc. with Distinction in Applicable Mathematics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. He is currently at work on a book that examines gay persecution and liberation in Germany during the Cold War. He has also begun research for a project that examines crimes against humanity trials in Allied-occupied Germany. His recent scholarly publications include an article on the history of gay suicide in New German Critique and an article on lesbianism in Nazi Germany in Journal of Contemporary History. Dr. Huneke also regularly writes for venues including Boston Review, The Point, and Los Angeles Review of Books

Selected Publications

"Death Wish: Suicide and Stereotype in the Gay Discourses of Imperial and Weimar GermanyNew German Critique 46.1 (1 February 2019): 127-166. 

"The Duplicity of Tolerance: Lesbian Experiences in Nazi BerlinThe Journal of Contemporary History 54.1 (first published 3 April 2017): 30-59. 

Expanded Publication List

Peer-Reviewed Articles

„Die Grenzen der Homophobie: Lesbischsein unter nationalsozialistischer Herrschaft,“ in Homosexuelle in Deutschland 1933-1969: Beiträge zu Alltag Stigmatisierung und Verfolgung, edited by Alexander Zinn. V&R Unipress, 2020. 117-129.

"Death Wish: Suicide and Stereotype in the Gay Discourses of Imperial and Weimar GermanyNew German Critique 46.1 (1 February 2019): 127-166. 

"The Duplicity of Tolerance: Lesbian Experiences in Nazi BerlinThe Journal of Contemporary History 54.1 (first published 3 April 2017): 30-59. 

"A winning strategy for 3xn Cylindrical Hex" (with R. Hayward and B. Toft) Discrete Mathematics 331 (September 2014): 93-97. 

"An Inductive Proof of Hex UniquenessThe American Mathematical Monthly 121.1 (January 2014): 78-80. 

"The Reception of Homosexuality in Klaus Mann's Weimar-era WorksMonatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 105.1 (Spring 2013): 86-100.

Scholarly Essays and Reviews

Introduction.” with Benjamin P. Hein and Michelle Lynn Kahn. H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-14 on Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna. 15 November 2019.

Review of Clayton Whisnant, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945 (New York: Harrington Park Press, 2016) in Invertito: Jahrbuch für die Geschichte der Homosexualitäten, Vol. 20 (2018): 174-177. 

Review of Jennifer Evans, ed., Queering German History, special issue of German History: The Journal of the German History Society 34 (2016), Nr. 3 in Invertito: Jahrbuch für die Geschichte der Homosexualitäten, Vol. 19 (2017): 185-187. 

"Die Unsichtbare Tradition: Wo war die schwule Literatur Nachkriegsdeutschlands?" (with Adrian Daub) Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken (September 2016): 88-93. 

Grants and Fellowships

Fenwick Fellow, George Mason University, 2020-2021

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellow, 2019-2020

Silas Palmer Research Fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, 2016

Courses Taught


Germany in the Cold War 

Global History of Sexuality and Gender


Modern German History

Germany after Nazism


PhD in History, Stanford University, 2019

MSc with Distinction in Applicable Mathematics, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012

AB summa cum laude in German and Mathematics, Amherst College, 2011

In the Media


"Can we hold Trump and his allies accountable without further splitting America?" Washington Post. 16 November 2020. 

"An End to TotalitarianismBoston Review. 16 April 2020. 

What’s Wrong with Queer History?” Boston Review. 28 June 2019.

Gay Liberation Behind the Iron CurtainBoston Review. 18 April 2019.

Queering the VoteThe Los Angeles Review of Books. 27 January 2019.

"Does Germany Hold the Key to Defeating Populism?The Atlantic. 29 March 2017. 

"Why Gay German Men Are Seeking Reparations for a Homophobic Nazi Law." VICE. 19 August 2016. 

The gay-suicide stereotype kills gay people, and must end.” Aeon. 16 February 2016. 


"When Democracy Ails, Magic Thrives." Review of Monica Black, A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany (Metropolitan Books, 2020). Boston Review. 29 October 2020. 

Seduced by Respectability.” Review of Javier Samper Vendrell, The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in Weimar Germany (Toronto University Press, 2020). The Point. 19 August 2020.

"Recovering Queer Identities.” Review of Jen Manion, Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). Los Angeles Review of Books. 18 July 2020.

"The Long Fight for LGBT Labor Equality." Review of Eric Cervini, The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. The United States (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). Boston Review. 17 June 2020.

Cashing in on Queerness.” Review of David K. Johnson, Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019). The Point. 20 February 2020.

Atone—But Not Because it Will Save Democracy.” Review of Susan Neiman, Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019). Boston Review, 16 December 2019.

The Inadequacies of Justice.” Review of Mary Fulbrook, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). The Los Angeles Review of Books, 21 July 2019.

Was Socialism Sexy?” Review of Kristen R. Ghodsee, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (New York: Nation Books, 2018). The Point, 3 April 2019.

What’s Left of the Gay Left?” Review of Martin Duberman, Has the Gay Movement Failed? (Berkeley: UC Press, 2018). The Point, 7 December 2018.

Politics of Hate.” Review of Dan Healey, Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). The Los Angeles Review of Books, 26 October 2018.