Clay Howard earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2010, and joined the Ohio State Department of History in 2013. Before moving to Columbus, he taught at the University of New Hampshire and the College of the Holy Cross.
Clay is a specialist in postwar U.S. history. His research interests include the histories of American cities, suburbs, gender, sexuality, and politics. His article "Building a 'Family Friendly' Metropolis: Sexuality, the State, and Postwar Housing Policy" was published in the Journal of Urban History in September 2013. His book, The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac: The Politics of Sexual Privacy in Northern California, will be published by The University of Pennsylvania Press in March 2019. He is currently writing an essay on the early history of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest group of gay conservatives. He is also beginning a new project on the history of the gun control movement in the United States since the 1960s.