Dr. Tristan Cabello is an historian of American cultures and politics. His research examines American popular culture, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, sexuality, and politics. 

The recipient of multiple grants and awards, including research fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Center for LGBTQ Studies, Dr. Cabello has presented 40+ research papers at international and national academic conferences, including the American Historical Association, The Organization of American Historians, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the American Culture Association. He has also given talks at American University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, the City University of New York, and the University of Chicago.   

Cabello’s articles, reviews and essays have appeared in several academic journals and anthologies, such as The Global Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (Cengage, 2019), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (Wiley, 2018) and The Encyclopedia of Blacks in European History and Culture (Greenwood, 2015); and mainstream venues, such as The Huffington Post. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the academic journal Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture.

Tristan currently serves as the Associate Director of The Master of Liberal Arts at The Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches courses in African American Studies, Queer Studies and Critical Theory. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Director of The Department of American Studies at American University. He previously taught at Bowdoin College, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

Born and raised in France, Cabello is a former Khâgneux. He received his BA and MA in American Studies from the University of Strasbourg, and an MA and PhD in American History from Northwestern University.

He lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.