Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies — On Leave 2019-2020

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.

Jay Sosa


  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Michigan