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Wyrod, Robert Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Robert’s research lies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and social change. His first book, AIDS and Masculinity in the African City, examines how the AIDS epidemic has shaped African masculinities. Beyond his interest in global health, Robert has examined the global dimensions of human rights and feminist activism, including how women’s rights are articulated and reformulated in African contexts. He has also explored the cultural significance of the Asian martial arts in African-American communities in Chicago. His current project focuses on the rise of China as a new force in African development. This work brings a distinctive ethnographic perspective to how Chinese development is shaping gender relations and the lives of men and women in Africa.


  • masculinity, gender, sexuality, social change, urban Africa, HIV, AIDS, development, human rights, women's rights


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courses taught

  • IAFS 3000 - Special Topics in International Affairs
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Junior or senior level umbrella seminar spanning a variety of topics relevant to the study of international affairs. Subjects addressed under this heading vary according to student interest and faculty availability. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • IAFS 4500 - The Post-Cold War World
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Capstone course for international affairs majors. Examines the ways in which the end of the Cold War, the collapse of failed states, and the rise of global terrorism changed the world. Studies how peoples, governments and nongovernmental organizations face new social, political, economic and security challenges in an era of globalization. Includes discussion, oral reports, critical book reviews, and research papers.
  • WGST 3100 - Feminist Theories
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores a variety of alternative systematic accounts of, and explanations for, gender inequities. Social norms of both masculinity and femininity are analyzed in relation to other axes of inequality such as class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, neocolonialism and the domination of nonhuman nature.
  • WGST 3520 - Gender and Sexuality in Africa
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines the dramatic changes occurring across the continent of Africa that are currently reworking gender and sexuality. Foregrounds African conceptions of feminism, and explores a range contemporary issues, including gender & health, modern womanhood, new African masculinities, LGBTQ rights, and the gendered implications of environmental change. Recommended requisites: WGST or WGST 2600.
  • WGST 3712 - Topics in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies (SS)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines selected topics in women, gender and sexuality in the social sciences, from a global perspective. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000 or WGST 2600.
  • WGST 6290 - Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Offers interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on different special topics such as gender and war, gender and globalization, women's social movements, gender and citizenship, gender and collective memory, and cultural representations of gender and sexuality. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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