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William B. Turner, Ph.D., J.D., Resume

William B. Turner, Ph.D., J.D.

Professional Experience

Author, Norman, Oklahoma, January 2015 – Present

Attorney, William B. Turner, Attorney at Law, Madison, Wisconsin, January 2011-December 2014

Research Fellow, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, September 2009-May 2010
Conducted historical research into civil rights movement
Taught course in LGBT American legal history

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Emory University, 2007-08
Taught three courses, in desegregation of American education, American legal history, civil rights law
Continued research into racial desegregation of Emory University, pioneering affirmative action program in Law School, published third law-review article on this topic
Organized, presented at major conference on fifth anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas

Research Associate, Emory University School of Law, 2006-07
Conducted research into racial desegregation of Emory university, pioneering affirmative action program in Law School
Taught course in desegregation of American education

Volunteer Research, American Civil Liberties Union – Wisconsin, spring 2006
Sundstrom v. Frank, Eighth Amendment challenge to Wisconsin statute, win in federal district court

Law Clerk, Law Center for Children and Families, Madison, WI, 2005-06
Wrote legislative update memo, performed contract review and due diligence, attended termination of parental rights hearing

Instructor, Madison Area Technical College, Fall 2005
Taught U.S. history survey course

Second Chair, Administrative Hearing, WI Crime Victims Compensation Fund, 2005
Assisted lead counsel in administrative hearing, wrote closing brief for appeal of denial of claim by WI state administrative agency (win)

Coordinator, Lawyers Against the Amendment, 2005.
Ad hoc lobbying group that compiled statement by attorneys from a wide range of practice areas in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriages, and delivered copies of those statements to all members of the Wisconsin legislature.

Summer Clerk, American Civil Liberties Union – Wisconsin, 2004
Hired without further interview or application based on Legal Director’s evaluation of volunteer memos during second semester of law school
Conducted research in preparation for civil rights law suit, Dunnum v. Wisconsin (2009) (issue mooted by statute, trial judge held for other side because of direct, adverse precedent, but in dicta adopted our side’s legal reasoning. Case Summary: Decision and Order:

Instructor, Women’s Studies Department, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Summer, Fall 2004
Taught two Women’s Studies Courses of my design

Assistant Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2002-03
Wrote, published newsletter, maintained web site, conducted press and public relations, organized symposium, assisted with conference preparations, copy-edited book, led guided reading with graduate student

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 1996-2002


J.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2006
Dean’s List, Fall 2005, Spring 2006
Highest grade in family law seminar
Member, Wisconsin Law Review, comment published
Most Valuable Articles Editor
Nominee, Leonard Loeb Scholarship for Wisconsin Law student who excels in family law

Ph.D., U.S. History, Vanderbilt University, 1996
Recruited to Vanderbilt with Graduate Select Scholarship, awarded in University-wide competition to students showing exceptional promise for research success
John Trotwood and Mary Daniel Moore Award for Best Article in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 1995
Leland Sage Fellowship, History Department’s sole service-free dissertation fellowship, 1995-96

B.A., Grinnell College, 1987



A Genealogy of Queer Theory, Temple University Press, 2000. Highly accessible account of notoriously difficult topic.
Co-editor, with John D’Emilio and Urvashi Vaid, Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights, St. Martin’s Press, 2000. Pioneering collection of mostly original articles.


“The National Masturbators’ Task Force; or, the Importance of LGBT Political Organizing for Evaluating LGBT Equal Protection Claims in Competition with Free Exercise of Religion Claims,” 25 Journal of Law and Sexuality 43 (2016)
“Of George Wallace Buttons and Turkey Tetrazzini: The Experiences of the First Cohort of African Americans to Attend a Previously Segregated Law School,” forthcoming, 16 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 597 (2010)
“’The Ultimate Victory of a Productive Life’: Ben F. Johnson, Jr. and African Americans at Emory Law School, 1962-1971,” Journal of Legal Education, April 2009
“’A Bulwark Against Anarchy’: Affirmative Action, Emory University, and Southern Self-Help,” 5 Hastings Journal of Race and Poverty Law 195, 2008
“Judicial Policy Innovation and Diffusion: Holtzman v. Knott and Lesbian Parent Visitation Rights,” The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, 2007
“’The Gay Rights State’: Wisconsin’s Pioneering Statute Prohibiting Sexual-Orientation Discrimination,” 2006 Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal
“The Perils of Marriage as Transcendent Ontology,” Georgetown Women’s Law Journal, 2006
Comment: “Putting the Contract into Contractions: Reproduction, Contraceptives, and the Founding of the Republic,” 2005 Wisconsin Law Review
“Lesbian/Gay Rights and Immigration Policy: Lobbying to End the Medical Model,” Journal of Policy History 7/2, 1995

Shorter Works

Review, Fred Fejes, Homosexuality and Moral Panic: The Origins of America’s Debate on Homosexuality, Journal of American History 2009
Review, Tanya Erzen, Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement, CLGH Newsletter, Spring 2008
Review, Pippa Holloway, Sexuality, Politics, and Social Control in Virginia, 1920-1945, 94 Journal of American History 322, 2007
Review, Steven Seidman, The Social Construction of Sexuality, CLGH Newsletter, Spring 2006
Review jointly, Nan Alamilla Boyd, Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1969, and Peter Boag, Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest, Journal of American History, 2003
Review, Ellen D.B. Riggle and Barry Tadlock, eds., Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process: Public Policy, Public Opinion, and Political Representation, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2001
Entries on queer theory, PFLAG, American Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History and Culture¸ Marc Stein, ed., 2003
Editor, section on LGBT Civil Rights Movement, Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, Manny Ness, ed., 2002
Entries on sexuality, sexual orientation, Defense of Marriage Act, Dictionary of American History, Stanley Kutler, ed., 2002

External Grants

Middle Tennessee State University Women’s Studies Program, Grant for Travel to Collections, Summer 1997
Phil Zwickler Memorial Grant for Research in the History of Sexuality Collection, Cornell University Libraries, Summer 2002.

Community Service

President, Board of Directors, OutReach, LGBT Community Center, Madison, WI. Provided unusual level of daily management on resignation of executive director, including budgeting, regulatory compliance, and supervision of two employees. Set and implemented policy, conducted press and public relations, helped hire new executive director: 2005-06
Chair, Q-Law, LGBT Law Students’ Association, Wisconsin Law School: 2004-05
Vice-Chair, Q-Law: 2003-04
President, University of Wisconsin Chapter, ACLU-WI: 2003-04