2000 grads

The first graduating class of Gender Studies majors in 2000

Leila Ahmed

Lelia Ahmed gives a lecture in May 2012

Alison Bechdel and student

Alison Bechdel speaks with a student at an exhibition of her work

Lauren Berlant and Mel Chen

Professor Lauren Berlant introducing guest speaker Mel Chen

Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt

Professors Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt participate in a zine making workshop

Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Professor Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel


Students participate in a classroom discussion at CSGS

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

2011 fellows

CSGS Fellows in 2011

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Student question

A student asks a question after a talk by Kimberly Peirce in October 2011

Gender, Sexuality and Global Capitalism

Project Director: Kimberly Kay Hoang, Sociology

2017-18 Events

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    Obfuscating Disreputable Ties: Taboo Relationships in the Global Economy
    This panel will examine the structure of exchange between the scared and profane. It will examine markets where actors manage disreputable exchange in taboo markets. To push the field further the panel will ask how do you we think about exchanges that are “legal” but socially disreputable? How do market actors obfuscate disreputable ties through highly intimate and personal ways like gift-giving?

    Gabriel Rossman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
    "Moral Reactions to the Obfuscation of Disreputable Exchange: A Vignette Experiment on Baby-Selling"

    Ashley Mears, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
    "Obfuscating Exploitative Economies"

    Kimberly Hoang, Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago
    "Risky Investments: Varieties of Obfuscation in Frontier Markets"
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    Héctor Carrillo, "Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men"
    Professor Héctor Carrillo (Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University) discusses his recent book, Pathways of Desire.

    How do migrants’ sexualities change as a result of their transnational relocation? With Pathways of Desire, Héctor Carrillo (Northwestern University) brings us into the lives of Mexican gay men who have left their home country to pursue greater sexual autonomy and sexual freedom in the United States. Carrillo brings out attention to the full arc of these men’s migration experiences, from their upbringing in Mexican cities and towns, to their cross-border journeys, to their incorporation into urban gay communities in American cities, and their sexual and romantic relationships with American men. These men’s diverse and fascinating stories demonstrate the intertwining of sexual, economic, and familial motivations for migration.

    Pathways of Desire examines the bidirectional, albeit uneven, processes of exchange between countries in the global North and the global South. By considering sexuality-related change in the global South, it challenges the view that gay men from countries like Mexico would logically want to migrate to a “more sexually enlightened” country like the United States. And, at the most practical level, the book shows how the intricacies of cross-cultural sexual and romantic relations may affect the sexual health and HIV risk of transnational immigrant populations.
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
    Queering Sexual Capitalisms
    This panel discussion will bring leading scholars around the country together for a panel to discuss how gender, sexuality, and global capitalism co-constitute different kinds of inequalities. The speakers will cover a range of areas from sex work and NAFTA to FIFA soccer and global capital networks. The panel will examine how gender relations are implicated in global processes and examine the structure between the sacred and profane. The panel will address these questions: How do we think about exchanges that are “legal” but socially disreputable? What is the relationship between sexual economies and formal markets?

    Elena Shih, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University
    Jennifer Tyburczy, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
    Ghassan Moussawi, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Gregory C. Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Williams College