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.