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Rimmerman’s Book Named Outstanding Title

Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries recently named “The Lesbian and Gay Movements” by Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008. Choice Magazine and its online counterpart, Choice Reviews Online, provide expert reviews of books for more than 35,000 librarians, faculty and academic decision-makers.

“The Lesbian and Gay Movements” is a seminal study of the multifaceted conflicts that these movements have faced in their relatively short history. It explores both “assimilationist” and “liberationist” approaches to socio-political conflicts related to sexuality. The book describes these conflicts, explores the extent to which they have been resolved and outlines ways in which these conflicts could be resolved in the future.

“This book allowed me to refine my thinking concerning the intersection of the lesbian and gay movements with the American policy process over time by examining several contentious policy areas:  HIV/AIDS, the military ban, and same-sex marriage,” said Rimmerman. “I am delighted that this book has been published in Westview’s ‘Dilmemmas in American Politics’ series, because this is a series of books that are meant to be read by undergraduates – as part of courses taught in colleges/universities  – and by the larger public.”

In addition to Choice Reviews, numerous professors across the country have given Rimmerman’s book high praise as well. “Craig Rimmerman’s book provides a concise introduction to the development of the gay rights movement and to the related issues of HIV/AIDS policy, gays serving in the military and same-sex marriage,” said University of Arizona Professor of Political Science Barbara Norrander. “Avoiding a simplification of these issues as part of a ‘culture war,’ Rimmerman provides an explanation that includes the historical development of the issues, a recap of the varying political positions, and an analysis of the political and legal processes that led to today’s policies.”

 “Craig Rimmerman has a distinctive gift for clarifying complex events without understating their significance,” said Connecticut College’s Associate Professor of Government MaryAnne Borrelli.  “His ambitious and engaging analysis of the major initiatives of the gay and lesbian movements transcends established boundaries in political science…”

Rimmerman, who also holds the Joseph P. DiGangi Chair in the Social Sciences, is the editor of the Dilemmas in American Politics series, from Westview Press. He is the author or editor of several books and articles dealing with the presidency, lesbian and gay movements and politics. A member of the HWS faculty since 1986, he holds a bachelor’s from Miami University and his master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State.