Gregory MitchellGregory took over hosting duties for The Critical Lede after Ben and Des stepped down. Find more about his work here:

Gregory is an Assistant Professor at Williams College in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Anthropology.  He studies sex worker migration, prostitution, race, and discourses of sex trafficking as well as the effects of public policy approaches.  At present, he is conducting research funded by the National Science Foundation to examine how states incentivize particular narratives and performances of nationalism in their attempts to police sex workers, especially during global sporting events. His first book, Tourist Attractions: Performing Race & Masculinity in Brazil’s Sexual Economy, is an ethnography of men who sell sex in several cities in Brazil and is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

His research on sex work, race, sexual migration, trafficking, and sexual economies in Brazil has been published in GLQ (forthcoming), American Ethnologist, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and The Wagadu Journal of Transnational Feminist Studies, as well as in several edited volumes in Brazil and the United States.  Recent and upcoming lecture venues include Oberlin, Amherst, Rice University, and Cambridge University.

He holds his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, from which he also received a PhD Certificate and served as a Mellon Fellow in Gender Studies.  While there, he also received the Presidential Fellowship and membership in the Society of Fellows, that university’s highest honor for doctoral researchers.  He also holds a masters in social science (focusing on Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Chicago.

Gregory has received awards from the NSF, Ford Foundation, and twice from American Anthropological Association.  He also received the Lila Heston Award for Performance Studies and an award for outstanding graduate research from the National Professional Association of Communication Arts & Sciences.  In 2010, he was inducted into the prestigious Faculty Honor Roll for excellence in teaching at Northwestern.  His courses include introductory seminars in women’s, gender and sexuality studies; performance and gender theory; masculinities; ethnographic methods; sexual economies; global sexualities; and queer of color criticism. Prior to entering the academy, he worked in public policy development for the Chicago Board of Education and also in domestic and family violence intervention services.

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