Professor Theo Greene joined the faculty at Bowdoin in 2015. His research, writing, and teaching interests lie at the intersections of gender, sexuality, urbanism, and culture. His research broadly uses sexual communities to understand how urban redevelopment shape and reconfigure how individuals conceptualize, identify to, and participate in local communities. His current book project, entitledNot in MY Gayborhood: Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen, currently under contract with Columbia University Press, explores the persistence of iconic gay neighborhoods in Washington, DC through ephemeral acts of placemaking by nonresidential community actors (vicarious citizens).
His ongoing research explores how LGBTQ Youths of Color translate street-corner practices traditionally associated with the iconic ghetto into claims of community membership within Chicago’s Boystown gayborhood. Greene has also begun research on queer placemaking in Portland, Maine, which will also culminate in a digital archive historically tracing Portland’s queer geographies. He also hopes to incorporate Portland and Maine in future research on placemaking and the production of queer communities in resort towns.
Currently, Greene serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Sexualities Sections with the American Sociological Association, as well as Chair-Elect of ASA’s LGBTQ Caucus. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for “The Corner,” the Whitman-Walker Health Cultural Center.
Works in Progress
Not in MY Gayborhood! Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen (under contract with Columbia University Press).
"The Whiteness of Queer Urban Placemaking." (Chapter in Preparation for inclusion in Outskirts: Queer Experiences on the Fringe. Amy L. Stone and D'Lane Compton, eds).
"Your Bench is My Dancefloor: Placemaking and the Production of Queer Subcultures in Contemporary Gay Bars." (In Preparation for Submission to Symbolic Interaction's Special Edition on Subcultures).
"Drag Performance as Queer Placemaking." (Chapter in Preparation for The Gayborhood Studies Reader. Christopher Connor and Daniel Okamura, eds).
Published Essays and Book Chapters
2019. "Queer Cultural Archipelagos are New to Us." City & Community 18(1): 23 - 29.
2018. "Queer Street Families: Place-making and Community Among LGBT Youth of Color in Iconic Gay Neighborhoods.” Pp. 268 - 181 in Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality. Michael Yarborough, Angela Jones, and Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, eds. New York: Routledge.
2018. “Aberrations of Home: Experiences of Community in Gay Neighborhoods as GBQ Men of Color.” Pp. 189 - 209 in The Handbook of Research for Black Males, Theodore Ransaw, Richard Majors, and Charles Gause, eds. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
2014.“Gay Neighborhoods and the Rights of the Vicarious Citizen.” City & Community 13(2): 99 – 118.
2019.Review of Gay Inc.(by Myrl Beam).Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Mobilizations: An International Journal 24(4): 249 – 250.
2019. Review of The Gang’s All Queer (by Vanessa Panfil). New York: New York University Press. The American Journal of Sociology 124(5): 1627 - 1629.
2018. Review for How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities (by Japonica Brown-Saracino). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. City & Community 17(4): 1276 – 1278.
2018. Review of Pride Parades: How A Parade Changed the World (by Katherine McFarland Bruce). NewYork: New York University Press. Contemporary Sociology 47(1): 55 - 57.
2014. “Sex and the Postindustrial City.” Review of Cities and Sexualities (by Phil Hubbard). NewYork: Routledge. Journal of Sex Research 51(4): 482 –483.
Presenter.American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 10 – 13, New York, NY, “Making Dupont Gay Again: Place Reactivation and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen.”
Presenter.Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March 14 – 17, Boston, MA, “The Whiteness of Queer Placemaking.”
Panelist.ASA Sociology of Sexualities Pre-Conference: Sexualities, Race and Empire: Resistance in An Uncertain Time, August 9 – 10, Philadelphia, PA, “Plenary: Past, Present, and Future Sexualities Studies.”
Speaker. “Street-Corner Citizenship: Queer Youth Placemaking in Iconic Gay Neighborhoods,” American University, October 26.
Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 12 – 15, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, “Queer Youth Placemaking in Iconic Gay Neighborhoods.” Thematic Session: “Mobilizing Culture in Divided Cities.”
Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 12 – 15, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, “Aberrations of Home: Gay Neighborhoods and the Experiences of Community Among GBQ Men of Color.”
Critic. Eastern Sociological Association, February 23 – 26, Philadelphia, PA “Author-Meets-Critics Session of School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom by Catherine Connell (University of California Press, 2015).
“Street-Corner Citizenship: Gay Neighborhoods, Vicarious Citizenship, and the Self-Enfranchisement of Queer Youth,” UC Irvine, Department of Sociology Colloquium Series, January 12.
Presenter. CLAGS After Marriage Conference, October 1 – 2, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY “Street Corner Citizenship: Gay Neighborhoods, Vicarious Citizenship, and the Self-Enfranchisement of Queer Youth.”
Panelist. “The Many Nations of the Midcoast,” Think and Drink (Rockland, ME), Maine Humanities Council, December 8. “Gentrification and the Politics of Place,” A Conversation with Brian McCabe – Georgetown University, October 11.
Presenter. Property: Rights of Ownership and Responsibilities of Stewardship in Multidisciplinary Perspective, October 17, Bates College, Lewiston, ME “Street Corner Citizenship: Gay Neighborhoods, Vicarious Citizenship, and the Self-Enfranchisement of Queer Youth.”
Presenter. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 17 – 21, Chicago, IL “Gay Neighborhoods and the Self-Enfranchisement of Queer Youth.”
"Making Dupont Gay Again: Place Reactivation and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen," Bowdoin College, Karofsky Encore Lecture, February 14. Available here.
"Not in MY Gayborhood! Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen," Smithsonian Anacostia Museum's "Rights to the City" Series, January 18.
"Street Corner Citizen: Gay Neighborhoods and the Self-Enfranchisement of LGBT Youth of Color."
Boston University, Urban Inequalities Workshop, December 6.
“Making Dupont Gay Again: Place Reactivation and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen”
Whitman-Walker Health, November 5.
Bates College, Department of Political Science, May 8
American University, Metropolitan Policy Project, January 31.
“Street Corner Citizenship: Queer Youth in Iconic Gay Neighborhoods.”
Georgetown University, October 29. Available for viewing here.
American University, American Studies Month, October 26.
UC Irvine, Department of Sociology Colloquium Series, January 12.
“What’s in a ****?The Ambiguities of Talking Sex.”TEDxBowdoinCollege, Brunswick, ME, March 31.Available here.
“Sexuality Outside the Binaries,” Featured Lecture, Shimitomo Bank, New York, March 15.
Panelist.“The Many Nations of the Midcoast,” Think and Drink (Rockland, ME), Maine Humanities Council, December 8.
“Gentrification and the Politics of Place,” A Conversation with Brian McCabe – Georgetown University, October 11.
"Queer Placemaking in Portland, Maine and Beyond." The Mews with Marpheen Chan. December 1. Available for Listening here.
"Cancel Culture: How Does This Societal Trend Affect People, For Better or For Worse?" Maine Calling (Maine Public Radio), December 6. Available for listening here.
"Professor Theo Greene Stays Busy After Sabbatical" by Lily Randall (The Bowdoin Orient), November 8. Read the article here.
“Men and Friendships: How Do Men Make and Maintain Friendships?” Maine Calling (Maine Public Radio), August 23. Available for listening here.
“‘You’re Welcome Here’: Revelry and Sadness at a Gay’s Mainstay Final Weekend,” by Teo Armus (TheWashington Post), July 1. Read the article here.
“What D.C.’s Disappearing Gay Neighborhoods Mean for Local Culture,” The Kojo Nnamdi Show WAMU 88.5 (National Public Radio), December 5. Available for listening here.
“Legendary Gay Bar Seeks New Home East of the Anacostia,” by Lauren Ober.WAMU 88.5 (National Public Radio), September 26. Available for listening here.