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Colleges’ Professor and Author Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award

Professor Craig Rimmerman is the author of one of five books named as finalist for the prestigious Lambda Literary Award.

January 31, 2003 Geneva, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor Craig Rimmerman’s book, “From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States,” has been named one of five finalists in the category of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies contending for a Lambda Literary Award. This year is the 15th year these annual awards have been given, and a gala banquet will be held in honor of the award recipients on May 29 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Lambda Literary Awards honor the best and the brightest the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has to offer. A juried award with a rigorous selection process, the “Lammy” has become the standard of excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered publishing. Acknowledgements are made in 20 categories. Selection as a Lambda Literary Awards finalist boosts a book’s sales, and bookstores around the country build lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender book month (June) displays around the annual event.

Rimmerman, a former Capitol Hill staffer now teaching political science at the Colleges, draws on eight years worth of interviews with activists, scholars, journalists and politicians to investigate the historical divide between scholarship, activism and mainstream political processes. “Publishers Weekly” says of his work: “rigorous but accessible, this poli-sci take on the struggle for gay and lesbian rights offers a blueprint for those readers interested in actively linking identity-driven movements with broader progressive agendas concerning class, race and gender issues to forge a coalition for social and political change.”

“I am so gratified by the news of my book’s placement in the company of so many great works,” said Rimmerman. “It is an honor to even be nominated, but to find there were more than three dozen books in the LSBT Studies category from which the Lambda Literary Foundation might have chosen, I am further humbled—but most pleased.”

Rimmerman is also the author of “Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective” (1992) and “The Politics of Gay Rights” (2000). He was the editor for several other volumes, including “Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military” (1996) and “The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism and Service” (1997).

Rimmerman has taught at Hobart and William Smith since 1986. He is active with Campus Compact, the organization on campus and across the nation through which students experience service learning–the combination of class work and field (service) work within the community. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Ohio State.

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