Theodore Greene

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

GSWS 2219/SOC 2219. Deconstructing Masculinities

An introduction to the sociological study of men and masculinities. Investigates debates about the historical, structural, cultural, and personal meanings constructed around masculinity. Explores how masculinity varies historically and across the life span; how it intersects with race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability; and how these constructions map onto male and female bodies. Examines how masculinities construct and reproduce power and inequality among men and between men and women. Topics also include, but are not limited to, the production and maintenance of masculinity, the male body, masculine cultures of sports, technology, violence and incarceration, female and queer masculinities.

SOC 2202. Cities and Society

Investigates the political, economic, and sociocultural development of cities and metropolitan areas with a focus on American cities and a spotlight on neighborhoods and local communities. Traces major theories of urbanization and considers how cities also represent contested sites where diverse citizens use urban space to challenge, enact, and resist social change on the local, state, and national levels. Topics include economic and racial/ethnic stratification; the rise and fall of suburban and rural areas; the production and maintenance of real and imagined communities; the production and consumption of culture; crime; immigration; sexuality and gender; and urban citizenship in the global city.

Theo Greene joined the faculty at Bowdoin in 2015.  At Bowdoin, he will teach courses in social theory, urban and community sociology, social movements, and the sociology of sexualities. 

His research interests include urban and community sociology, cultural sociology, sociology of sexualities, social movements, and the sociology of race, class, and gender.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University in 2015.  While at Northwestern, he co-founded “Queertopia! An Academic Festival,” one of the nation’s first graduate student conferences in sexuality studies.

Greene’s ongoing research project draws on ethnographic, archival, and interview data collected from iconic gay neighborhoods in Washington, DC and Chicago to develop a framework for understanding how community actors legitimate claims of ownership to local communities in the absence of residential, network, and material ties (vicarious citizenship) In addition to his ongoing research on the persistence of iconic gay neighborhoods in the postmodern city, Greene is looking forward to incorporating Maine in two projects currently under development: an investigation of how iconic gay neighborhoods adapt to accommodate the increasing needs of LGBT Seniors in cities; and a study on the recent phenomenon of “Brooklynization” in U.S. Cities, based largely in and around Portland neighborhoods.      


  • A.B., English and History, Georgetown University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University


Greene, Theodore.  2014.  “Gay Neighborhoods and the Rights of the Vicarious Citizen.”  City & Community 13(2): 99 – 118. 

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

Presenter. Property: Claims to Ownership and Responsibilities of Stewardship, Bates College, October 17, Lewiston, ME “Street Corner Citizenship: Gay Neighborhoods, Vicarious Citizenship, and the Self-Enfranchisement of LGBT Youth.”

Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 17 – 21, Chicago, IL “Gay Neighborhoods and the Self-Enfranchisement of Queer Youth.”

Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 10 - 13, New York, NY “Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen.”

Presider and Roundtable Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 17 - 20, Denver CO “Fighting the Hand that Feeds Them: Institutionalization and the Contemporary Student Movement.”

Presenter. Crossing Boundaries: ASA Section on Sexualities Mini-Conference, August 15 - 16, Denver, CO “Gay Neighborhoods, Symbolic Attachments, and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen.”

Discussant. Libidinal Investments: Emerging Scholarship on Sexualities and the Social, Northwestern University, March 29 - 30, Evanston, IL – Julio Capo’s “‘Support All Groups Who Face Infringement of their Rights’: Sexuality’s Role in Redefining Ethnicity and Race in Miami, 1978 – 1994.”

Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 20 - 23, Las Vegas, NV “Deliver Us From . . . : Gay Gentrification, Black Displacement and the Black Church”