Héctor Carrillo

Hector Carrillo
Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Phone: (847) 467-0516

Office Hours: W 3:30-4:30 PM, TH 10:30-11:30 AM
Office Address: 1808 Chicago Ave, Room 101

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Latino Culture and Ethnicity
Migration and Health

Relevant Links

Gender 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. He has also been involved in a binational study of the cultural meanings associated with adult male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy among Mexican migrants. In collaboration with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and San Francisco State University, he has studied the influence of spatial mobility on late testing and access to medical and HIV prevention services among Latino/migrants. Most recently, he completed a study of “male sexual fluidity” by examining practices and interpretations of identity among heterosexually-identified men who are sexually attracted to both men and women.

Carrillo serves as a member of the editorial boards of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Sexualities, Contexts, and Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad: Revista Latinoamericana. He is a council member of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association. 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: 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
GNDR_ST 232: Sexuality and Society Syllabus
GDNR_ST 351: Gender, Sexuality, and Public Policy 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



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