Peter Rehberg studied German Philology, Art History, and Philosophy in Hamburg. He primarily researched questions of visual culture, for example contemporary queer photography and fanzines. He received a PhD in German Philology at New York University and has taught and carried out research at several universities in the USA and Germany.
From 2011 to 2016, he was DAAD Associate Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, and Max-Kade Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, in early 2018. In Berlin, he was working at ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry.He has published academic work mainly in the area of queer studies, media studies, and popular culture, for example on topics such as pornography or the Eurovision Song Contest. Rehberg’s journalistic contributions include articles for Merkur, Zeit Online or taz. He’s a regular commentator for der Freitag. From 2005 to 2006, he was cultural editor at Siegessäule, and, from 2006 to 2011, editor-in-chief for the monthly magazine Männer.
He is currently Head of Archive and Collections at the Schwules Museum Berlin, one of the world’s biggest institutions for researching, preserving and communicating the history and culture of queer communities.