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Leather Archives & Museum announces 2012-2013 Visiting Scholar.     

 Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

July 24, 2012 Chicago, IL. The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) announced today that Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone (Ph.D. University of Kansas) has been selected as its 2012-2013 Visiting Scholar.  Clifford-Napoleone will use the LA&M collections during September of this year in support of her "Hell Bent for Metal: A Study of Queer Fans of Heavy Metal" research work. 


Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Collections at the University of Central Missouri.  She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Kansas, and specializes in gender and sexuality in American music scenes.  While at the LA&M, she will study the ways in which the leather community created the heavy metal pose as part of her project on queering heavy metal.  Dr. Clifford-Napoleone lives in mid-Missouri with her wife Tara and their dogs.  Her website can be found here.
About the Visiting Scholar program

The Leather Archives & Museum Visiting Scholar program provides a stipend and travel support to selected scholars to use the collections of the LA&M.  Scholars with academic appointments, graduate students and independent scholars doing work in arenas related to the LA&M collections are encouraged to apply for the annual award.  The 2013-2014 program is expected to begin in early 2013.  


About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to leather and alternative sexual communities. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.  For more information about the LA&M, please visit http://www.leatherarchives.org.


Leather Archives & Museum

Rick Storer

Executive Director


rick (at) leatherarchives.org