Theodore Greene

Affiliation: Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Theo Greene joined the faculty at Bowdoin in 2015. His research, writing, and teaching interests include urban and community sociology, sociological theory, sociology of sexualities, social movements, and the sociology of race, class, and gender.

Greene’s research broadly uses sexual communities to understand how the sociocultural and economic conditions associated with the postindustrial city shape and reconfigure how individuals conceptualize, identify to, and participate in local communities. His current book project, entitled Not in MY Gayborhood: Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen, 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 a neighborhood community in the absence of residential, network, and material ties (vicarious citizenship).

In addition to his ongoing research, 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.

Theodore Greene


  • PhD, Sociology; Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies; Northwestern University, 2015
  • MA, Sociology, Northwestern University, 2008
  • AB, English and History, Georgetown University, 2002