Héctor Carrillo 
Associate Professor

Area(s) of Interest:  Sexualities, Race/Ethnicity, Migration, Transnationalism, Health Promotion, and HIV/AIDS.

Relevant Links

Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Latina and Latino Studies Program

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)


Professor Héctor Carrillo is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies; a member of the Governing Board of the Latina and Latino Studies Program; and a faculty associate in Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. He is also co-director of The Sexualities Project at Northwestern. Dr. Carrillo holds a doctoral degree in public health (DrPH) from the University of California, Berkeley (1995). His areas of interest include sociology of sexuality; health promotion; HIV/AIDS prevention; transnationalism; Latino ethnicity and culture; and Mexico and Latin America. Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2009, Carrillo’s previous affiliations included the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and the Department of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, at the University of California, San Francisco.

Carrillo is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association.

Carrillo currently studies the intersections of sexuality, migration, and heath, especially in relation to the incorporation of migrant populations into U.S. life and society. He investigates the phenomenon of “sexual migration” and its relation to HIV risk among Mexican gay and bisexual male immigrants. Most recently, he completed a study of the sexualities and sexual identities of straight-identified men who are sexually attracted to both women and men.

Carrillo serves as a member of the editorial boards of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Sexualities, Contexts, and Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad: Revista Latinoamericana. During 2014-15, he was Chair of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association, and he currently serves as Past Chair. At Northwestern, he and Prof. Steven Epstein co-direct The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), which promotes interdisciplinary research and education on sexuality and health in social context. Among other activities, SPAN funds faculty and graduate student research, a postdoctoral fellowship, and workshops.

Carrillo served as co-chair of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science track of the XVII International AIDS Conference, which took place in Mexico City in August 2008. He also has a history of involvement in HIV/AIDS community based organizations.  

Courses Taught


SOCIOL 232/GNDR_ST 232: Sexuality and Society Syllabus

SOCIOL 276: Introductory Topics: Sociology of Sexuality Syllabus

SOCIOL 376: Transnationalism, Culture and Ethnicity: Latino/as Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Sociology of Sexuality Syllabus

Gender Studies:

GDNR_ST 210: Gender, Power, and Culture in America Syllabus

GDNR_ST 351: Gender, Sexuality, and Public Policy Syllabus

GNDR_ST 390: Research Methods in Gender and Sexuality Studies Syllabus

GNDR_ST 490: Sociology of Sexuality Syllabus


The Night is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS
University Chicago Press, 2002


Risk Across Borders: Sexual Contexts and HIV Prevention Challenges among Mexican Gay and Bisexual Immigrant Men
With Jorge Fontdevila, Jaweer Brown, and Walter Gómez Findings and Recommendations from the Trayectos Study, Monograph, 2008

Rethinking Sexual Initiation: Pathways to Identity Formation among Gay and Bisexual Mexican Male Youth
With Jorge Fontdevila; Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2010

Border crossings and shifting sexualities among Mexican gay immigrant men: Beyond monolithic conceptions
With Jorge Fontdevila; Sexualities, 2014

Immigrant sexual citizenship: intersectional templates among Mexican gay immigrants to the USA
With Steven Epstein; Citizenship Studies, 2014