July, 2014 · By Justin Bengry
I have experience writing for both academic and popular audiences and my writing has appeared in publications ranging from scholarly journals to international newspapers.
My scholarly articles and reviews of new books have appeared in leading journals such as History Workshop Journal, the Journal of British Studies, Media History, the Journal of the History of Sexuality and others. My work on the film magazine Films and Filming also appeared in the culture and film magazine Little Joe and is available as a PDF.
I have also written encyclopedia articles, including the defining article on the ‘Pink Pound/ Pink Dollar’ for the Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture as well as ‘Consumerism’ and ‘The Advertising Industry’ in the Encyclopedia of World History. I seek to make my writing on historical subjects accessible to the widest audience.
Articles and Chapters:
‘Who is the Queer Consumer? Historical Perspectives on Capitalism and Homosexuality’. In Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain, edited by Mark Crowley, Sandra Dawson, and Erika Rappaport. London: Berg, Forthcoming 2015.
‘Profit (f)or the Public Good? Sensationalism, Homosexuality and the Postwar Popular Press’. Media History 20 no. 2 (2014): 146-66. Invited article for issue on sensationalism.
‘Films and Filming: The Making of a Queer Marketplace in Pre-decriminalization Britain’. In British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives edited by Brian Lewis, 244-66. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.
‘Queer Profits: Homosexual Scandal and the Origins of Legal Reform in Britain’. In Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years, edited by Heike Bauer and Matt Cook, 167-82. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
‘Peacock Revolution: Mainstreaming Queer Styles in Post-War Britain, 1945-1967’. Socialist History 36 (2010): 55-68. Invited article for special issue on Gender and Sexuality.
‘Courting the Pink Pound: Men Only and the Queer Consumer, 1935-1939’. History Workshop Journal 68 (2009): 122-48.
Select International Blogging
‘In Britain, the Conservative Party’s “Gay Pardon” for the Dead Harms the Living,’ Slate, 25 October 2016.
‘Why I Oppose a General Pardon for Historical Convictions for Homosexual Offences,’ Pink News, 4 August 2015.
‘The Case of the Sultry Mountie: Doing Family History Queerly,’ Huffington Post, 24 June 2015.
I have written numerous book reviews that have been published widely in journals across across disciplines.
My writing on history and culture has appeared in several leading and international newspapers.