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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Marlon M. Bailey

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Associate Professor
Department of American Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Office: Memorial Hall W M16
Phone: (812) 855-8255
E-mail: baileymm at


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


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.

He is an accomplished professional actor, director, and performance artist. He has preformed 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 UCLA, 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.

Interview with Cyndi Canty on Michigan Public Radio about Ballroom Culture.

Interview with - Louisville, KY, Radio about Ballroom Culture.

Interview with BloomingOut - Discussion of latest book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit.

Courses Recently Taught

  • GNDR-G 102 Sexual Politics
  • GNDR-G 206 Gay Histories, Queer Cultures
  • GNDR-G 215 Sex & Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • GNDR-G 302 Gender and Sexuality in Black Culture
  • GNDR-G 350 Queer Theory
  • GNDR-G 402 Race, Gender, and Class
  • GNDR-G 701 The Cultural Politics of HIV/AIDS
  • GNDR-G 704 Cultural Politics of Sexuality in the 20th Century

Recent Publications


Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2013). A reveiw of Marlon's book can be found here.


Bailey, Marlon M. (2013): "Engendering Space: Ballroom Culture and the Spatial Practice of Possibility in Detroit," Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

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., & Marlon M. Bailey (2009). "Constructing home and Family: How the Ballrom Commuity 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, Marlon M. (2009). "Performance as Intravention: Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIV/AIDS in Detroit." Special Issue on Gender and Sexaulity. Souls: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, 11:3, 253-274.


Bailey, Marlon M. (forthcoming 2011) "Love and Money: Cuban Hustle and Black Queer Diasporic Desire," Blaktino Queer Performance: A Performance Anthology. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson & Ramon Rivera Servera. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Bailey, Marlon 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 Smith. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010: 96-126.

Bailey, Marlon 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.

Honors and Awards

  • New Frontiers Exploratory Research Travel Fellowship 2014.
  • Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit Finalist for Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT studies 2014.
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)/GLQ Caucus's Compton-Noll Prize for best article in LGBTQ studies 2012.
  • The Joan Heller Bernard Fellowship, Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies (CLAGS) 2012.
  • University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) 2012. Visiting Professorship at UCSF (