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Wyrod, Robert Assistant 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


selected publications


courses taught

  • WGST 3712 Topics in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies (SS) (Spring 2019)
  • WGST 3940 Practicum in Women and Gender Studies (Spring 2019)
  • WGST 3100 Feminist Theories (Fall 2018)
  • WGST 3940 Practicum in Women and Gender Studies (Fall 2018)
  • IAFS 4500 The Post-Cold War World (Spring 2018)
  • WGST 3940 Practicum in Women and Gender Studies (Spring 2018)
  • WGST 6290 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies (Spring 2018)


International Activities

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

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