Leah DeVun is an artist and historian living in Brooklyn, New York. Her photographs and installations explore the legacies of feminism -- the landscapes of rural lesbian communes, the drag-like costumes of pre-teen obsessive Hannah Montana fans, the contents of a historic gay and lesbian archive -- with a special interest in queer and gendered communities, fashion and fandom, memory, politics, and identity. Committed to analog/wet-process photography while it lasts, she strives to produce art that is participatory, interdisciplinary, and socially active. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Capricious, LA Weekly, Art Papers, Austin Chronicle, Feministing.com, Gallerist, Brooklyn Reader, and No More Potlucks, among other publications, and at venues such as DODGE Gallery, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Martina Johnston Gallery, MASS Gallery, the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum at the University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design, Centraltrak at the University of Texas Dallas, The Front (New Orleans), Sage Art Center at the University of Rochester, the Houston Center for Photography, the Contemporary Austin, Leslie-Lohman Museum, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Arts Center.
DeVun received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is currently an associate professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches women's and gender history. Her writings have appeared in Wired, Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ, Osiris, and Journal of the History of Sexuality, as well as in a number of books. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, University of Texas Medical Branch, the Huntington Library, and other agencies, and she was a faculty fellow at Stanford University in 2011-12. She has presented her historical research around the U.S. and in Europe, including at Harvard University, NYU, Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, Washington University, Oberlin College, University of Vienna, Istanbul University, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), Humboldt University (Berlin), Real Centro Universitario Escorial-Maria Cristina (Spain), as well as in bookstores, backyards, and living rooms.