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Héctor Carrillo

Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Héctor Carrillo is Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. He is also serves as co-director of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), which promotes interdisciplinary research and education on sexuality and health in social context.

He is the author of two books: The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), and Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2017). For The Night Is Young, he received the Ruth Benedict Prize by the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. Prof. Carrillo’s current research investigates the sexualities of straight-identified men who are sexually interested in both women and men, as part of a larger project on the paradoxes of sexual identity as a social construction.

Carrillo serves as a member of the editorial boards of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad: Revista Latinoamericana. He is a past chair of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association, and he served as co-chair of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science track of the XVII International AIDS Conference. He also has a history of involvement in HIV/AIDS community based organizations.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught


  • “Sexuality & Society”
  • "Sexuality and Public Policy"
  • "Research Methods for Gender & Sexuality Studies"


  • "Sociology of Sexuality"


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