Phil Tiemeyer

Phil Tiemeyer


Phil Tiemeyer is Assistant Professor of History and has taught at Philadelphia University since 2007. He teaches American Transitions, The US in the Recent Past, Global Politics, A History of Sexuality in America, Service Learning, Integrative Design Process, and a study abroad course in Germany catering to freshmen. He also served a year as a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and spent one semester as a Guest Professor of North American Cultural History at the University of Munich, Germany.

His first book, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants (University of California Press, 2013) examines how flight attendants have combated sexism and homophobia to create a more just and equal workplace through the last 80 years.  Focusing on men in this profession deepens pre-existing understandings of how gender discrimination operates, forces consideration of homosexuality into the foreground, and highlights how advocacy for disability rights--as in the battle against AIDS phobia in the workplace--are also central to America's civil rights legacy.  Tiemeyer is currently at work on his second book project, Airborne Ambassadors: Flight Attendants, Airlines, and America’s Aerial Empire, 1945-2005, which internationalizes his focus on flight attendants and considers how US airlines contributed to America's global predominance after World War II.

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