Joseph Jay Sosa

Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Teaching this semester

ANTH 2610/GSWS 2610. Sex and State Power

Seminar. Examines sexual politics of the law, policing, public health, and state surveillance and explores feminist and queer responses to the relationship between sex and power from a variety of disciplines and traditions. Focuses on two major trends in the regulation of sex in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: (1) how policy making has shifted from defining sexual morality to managing populations, and (2) the reinvigorated politics of the family as governments scale back their social welfare programs. Additional topics may include reproductive rights, sex work, marriage, hate crimes, surveillance, militarism, and prisons. Students learn main trends in the politics of sexuality and conduct a research project on the topic of their choice.

GSWS 1101. Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Introduces key concepts, questions, and methods that have developed within the interdisciplinary fields of gender, sexuality, and women's studies. Explores how gender norms differ across cultures and change over time. Examines how gender and sexuality are inseparable from other forms of identification--race, class, ability, and nationality. And considers the role that gender, sexuality, and other identity knowledges play in resisting sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia.

Jay Sosa is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on sexuality, statecraft, and public culture in São Paulo, Brazil. His current book project, Participatory Desires, examines how demands for LGBT political recognition in media, protests, and government institutions have served as a catalyst for broader shifts in Brazil’s ideological spectrum.

Jay teaches courses on biopolitics, neoliberalism, public affect, and queer theory, as well as identity based social movements, democratization and human rights throughout the Americas.


  • B.A., Michigan
  • M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Selected publications

  • 2016 Review of Vinodh Venkatesh's The Body as Capital: Masculinities in Contemporary Latin American Fiction. In Masculinities Journal. 6.
  • 2014 “‘Marijuana is a Crime, But Homophobia is Just Fine:’ The Scandalous Logics of Queer Solidarity.” in Queering Paradigms IV: South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms.  London: Peter Lang Publications.
  • 2014 "A Tale of Two Rios: Urbanization and Displacement in Brazil."  Latin America/Chicago: Newsletter for the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.  pp.  3-4.
  • 2014  "Sex Politics Between Anticolonialism and Human Security." In Student Anthropologist 4(1).