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Marlon M. Bailey

Marlon M. BaileyAssociate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama, Cultural Studies and Applied Health Science

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Interview with Cyndi Canty on Michigan Public Radio about Ballroom Culture


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
M.A. in African American Studies from UC-Berkeley
M.FA in Theatre Performance from West Virginia University
B.A. (cum laude) in Theatre/Speech Education from Olivet College


G102 – Sexual Politics
G206 – Gay Histories, Queer Cultures
G215 – Sex & Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
G302 - Gender and Sexuality in Black Culture
G350 – Queer Theory
G402 - Race, Gender, and Class
G701 - The Cultural Politics of HIV/AIDS
G702 - Researching Gender Issues
G704 – Cultural Politics of Sexuality in the 20th Century


  • Co-winner of the Modern Language Association/GLQ Caucus's Compton-Noll Prize for best article in LGBTQ Studies
  • 2012 Joan Heller Bernard Fellowship, Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies (CLAGS).
  • 2012 - 2014 Visiting Professor Summer Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California-San Francisco.
  • 2011 Faculty Affiliate Summer Visiting Fellow, The Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
  • 2010 The Black Gay Research Group (BGRG) Award for Distinguished Leadership
    and Scholarly Contributions.
  • 2005-07 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Women’s Studies
    University of California-Berkeley.


Professor Bailey's research interests include: African Diaspora studies, queer diasporas, race, gender, and sexuality, queer theory, Black queer studies, theatre/performance studies, ethnography, and HIV/AIDS (cultural politics, research, and prevention of HIV/AIDS in Black communities).

Dr. Bailey earned his PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.  Currently, Dr. Bailey is working on a book manuscript that expands his performance ethnographic study of Ballroom Culture, a Black and Latina/o queer culture in North America: Butch Queens up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

His most recent publications examine performance, HIV/AIDS prevention, and Ballroom Culture.  In addition to his current research, Dr. Bailey has published on Black queer performance and same-sex marriage.  He is also an accomplished professional actor, director, and performance artist. He has performed at professional theatres in Minneapolis, DC, Louisville, and Detroit.  His most recent performance was in "The Hard Evidence of Existence: a Black Gay Sex (Love) Show," at the Thick House in San Francisco, California.  Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Dr. Bailey was a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California-Berkeley from 2005-2007. 

Dr. Bailey is also on the Board of Directors of Brothers United, a Black gay HIV/AIDS prevention agency in Indianapolis, and is the Immediate Past Chair for the Black Gay Research Group

Black Sexual Economies Working Group:



Bailey, Marlon M. 2013) Butch Queens up in Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, University of Michigan Press.

Listen to Professor Bailey's podcast interview about his book »

Read book review by Lambda Literary Review »


Bailey, Marlon M., “Engendering Space: Ballroom Culture and the Spatial Practice of Possibility in Detroit,” Gender, Place and Culture: The Journal of Feminist Geography, (2013) DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.786688: 1-20.

Bailey, Marlon M. (Summer 2011) "Gender/Racial Realness: Theorizing the Gender System in Ballroom Culture," Feminist Studies, Volume 37, Number 2, 365-386.

Arnold, E., & Bailey, M. M. (2009). "Constructing home and family: How the Ballroom community supports African American GLBTQ youth in the face of HIV/AIDS." Special Issue on LGBTQ people of color. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 21, 171-188;

Bailey, M. M. (2009). “Performance as Intravention: Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIV/AIDS in Detroit.” Special Issue on Gender and Sexuality: Souls: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society,11:3, 253 — 274


Bailey, Marlon M. “Love and Money: Performing Black Queer Diasporic Desire in Cuban Hustle.” Blaktino Queer Performance: A Performance Anthology, eds. E. Patrick Johnson & Rámon Rivera Servera.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (Forthcoming 2013).

Bailey, M. M. “Rethinking the African Diaspora and HIV/AIDS Prevention from the Perspective of Ballroom Culture.”Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora.  Edited by Percy C. Hintzen, Jean Muteba Rahier & Felipe SmithChampaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010: 96-126;

Bailey, M. M. “He’s my Gay Mother: Ballroom Houses, Parenting, and Housework,” Queers in American Popular Culture Vol.1-3.  Edited by Jim Elledge.  Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 169-178.

Co-edited Refereed Journal Special Issues

Bailey, Marlon M. and Shabazz, Rashad, (Forthcoming 2012) Gender, Place and Culture: The Journal of Feminist Geography, Special Issue: Gender and Sexual Geographies of Blackness.

Public Health Research/ Reports and Publications

Bailey M.M. et al HIV (STDs, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis) Prevention and Needs Assessment for MSM (men who have sex with men) Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN, February 2010 (pp. 1-348).

Other Publications

Bailey, M. M. (2008) “Ballroom Culture (House Culture),” LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia.  Edited by John Hawley, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Vol. 1: (2008) 92-93.