Professor Dennis Altman, AM

Member of the International Academic Advisory Committee, United States Studies Centre

Professor Dennis Altman, AM

    Professor Dennis Altman AM is a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book, which has often been compared to Greer's Female Eunuch and Singer's Animal Liberation was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in eight countries, with a readership which continues today.

    Since then Altman has written eleven books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change, a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book, Global Sex (Chicago U.P, 2001), has been translated into five languages, including Spanish, Turkish and Korean. More recently he published Gore Vidal's America (Polity) and Fifty First State? [Scribe].

    Altman teaches politics at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and is well known as a commentator and reviewer on the ABC and Australian newspapers. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-5), and has been invited to lecture on AIDS and sexuality in countries across the world, including periods as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and New York University. In 2005 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and is a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society and the Board of Oxfam Australia. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.