My work contributes to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Through research informed by an ethnographic lens, my aim is to generate descriptions of social life within conditions shaped by transnational flows particularly of capital. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand.
My Pedagogy: I aim to contribute to a robust liberal arts education that respects the complexity of knowledge (rather than viewing scholarship as information and technique to be instantly applied). I am a good fit for students who want to improve their command over thinking, who are curious about how complex the world is, and who want to develop their capacity to weigh in on public discussions. The topics I teach concern gender and sexuality including international issues, human rights, accessible economics, and historical and ethnographic perspectives. My courses include units on prostitution, Tupperware, Thailand, masculinity, and other odd bits.
I work with graduate students who are interested in theory that is inflected with political economy, queer/sexuality studies, transnational flows (e.g, neoliberalism), and the analytical uses of interpretive empirical research (e.g., ethnography, oral histories, archival).
2006-2012 Director, Program in the Study of Sexualities . http://sxl.aas.duke.edu/
gender/sexuality in global modernity; urban Southeast Asia and transnational zones; cultural political economy and heterodox economics
My work contributes to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Through research informed by an ethnographic lens, my aim is to generate descriptions of social life within conditions shaped by transnational flows, especially operations of global capitalism. This requires combining attention to economics (which I undertake with qualitative, heterodox approaches) with feminist, queer, and post-colonial theories about social arrangements and about our ways of thinking about them. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand exploring changes to sexuality, gender and ethnicity in non-Western modernity. I am working on two projects. One is a book project, Sexual Latitudes, that ponders how the stage for sexuality is now global, for example through new forms of international sexual politics in the UN orbit or the alter-globalization movements. This interest also extends to reflecting on the concept of "intimacy" as a rubric in feminist and queer analysis and pondering the unfulfilled intersection of feminist/queer and economic analysis. A second project examines medical tourism to Thailand and Singapore, which continues my interests in the interplay of globalization and intimate, embodied life.
Sexual Latitudes: The Erotic Politics of Globalization (book),
Market Shrines in Bangkok,
Medical Tourism in Bangkok and Singapore
Areas of Interest
Globalization & Transnational Conditions for Social Life UN, NGOs, Human Rights, Sexual Rights, Women's Rights Cultural Political Economy, Heterodox Economics, Marxist theory Gender & Sexuality Feminist, Queer, Postcolonial Theory
City University of New York,
City University of New York,
Awards, Honors and Distinctions
Faculty Manuscript Workship,
Mellon- Franklin Humanities Institute,
Duke LGBT Center, Lavender Graduation,
Fellowships for University Teachers,
National Endowment for the Humanities,
Fellowships, Grants, and Awards,
Anthropology and the Political Philsophy of Hardt and Negri: Introduction.