Meet the PQHP

Harrison Apple is an oral historian and archivist who began the Pittsburgh Queer History Project after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. They are currently a PhD student of Gender and Women’s and Studies at the University of Arizona with a special interest in archival studies. Harrison’s dissertation work examines local histories of voluntary associations and ‘drinking clubs’ as the context for the Pittsburgh Queer History Project’s archives. Their work asks why these materials come together as a community archives, beyond their relationship to sexual identity,  working with the overlapping meanings of “membership” that circulate in the PQHP’s records.

Their research interests include archival studies, oral history, biopolitics, transgender studies, and critical race studies. Their writing has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly, Outhistory.org and the forthcoming Introduction to Transgender Studies textbook from Harrington Park Press, edited by Ardel Haefle-Thomas.

Outside of Teaching and Coursework, Harrison travels back and forth between Pittsburgh and Tucson to manage the preservation and digitization of the PQHP’s physical materials, record oral history interviews, and present the project’s amazing records to the public.


 

Dr. Tim HaggertyDr. Tim Haggerty is currently the Director of the Humanities Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary honors program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon as well as an adjunct professor in History.

Broadly, his research interests examine changing roles of masculinity and the role of the state in formulating male identities in the nineteenth and twentieth century. This research has produced work that examines new cultural roles for men, as well as examining policy issues concerning sexuality and military service.

Besides his historical work, his satirical commentary appears in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette frequently.

In support of his dissertation research, he was awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and, with Jared Day, has received support from the New-York Historical Society and the Bibliography Society of America to support current work on the satirical newspapers of antebellum New York.


 

Dani StuchelDani Stuchel is an archivist, linguist, and artist. As a curator for the PQHP, Dani focuses on VHS tapes of drag pageants and shows.

Dani has performed and exhibited video work internationally, including showings at the Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto), Shot Tower Gallery (Columbus, OH), and a series of guerilla performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dani’s writing has appeared in Smithsonian Collections Blog, Cactus Heart, Steer Queer Art Zine, and Sundog Lit. Most notably, Dani was chosen Miss Pittsburgh Trailer Park Trash – by audience applause – at the Pittsburgh Eagle in May 2008.

Dani holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in library & information science from the University of Arizona.