Theodore Greene

Affiliation: Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology

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 with, and participate in local communities. His current book project, entitled Not 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 draws on queer placemaking in cities to challenge the notions of placemaking as stable. An upcoming project, to be published in Studies in Symbolic Interaction, draws on ten years of ethnographic fieldwork in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and Portland, ME to consider how gay bars and nightlife venues constitute a collection of spaces within the same place, which shifts based on the appropriation of space by various LGBTQ subcultures.   Another project examines how LGBTQ Youths of Color translate street-corner practices traditionally associated with the iconic ghetto into claims of local 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 of ASA’s LGBTQ Caucus. Outside the classroom, Greene enjoys extending his research for the Common Good.  In addition to sitting on the Board of Advisors for “The Corner,” the Whitman-Walker Health Cultural Center, Greene also sits on the Board of Directors for the Frannie Peabody Center.

Theodore Greene

Education

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