After his A levels, David went to Cambridge University where he gained a B.A. in English Literature. He also holds an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations.
He then moved to the USA to take up a Ph.D. fellowship. His doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics’. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of post war Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects.
David is currently a professor at the University of Princeton where he is a lecturer in the Council of Humanities and History. At Princeton he will hold the fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In spring 2015 he taught a course on Queer Utopias.
David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. Professor Minto gave a talk entitled ‘Toward an Intimate Atlantic: Transnational Precursors to Post war Homophile Activism’ for the American History Association at Atlanta, GA in January 2016.