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Héctor Carrillo

Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies

  • (847) 467-0516
  • 1808 Chicago Ave, Room 101
  • Office Hours: By appointment only; email

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)


DrPH (Public Health), University of California, Berkeley (1995). Professor Carrillo has a joint appointment in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. He is a member of the governing board of the Latina and Latino Studies Program; a faculty associate in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; a faculty affiliate in the Science and Human Culture Program; a faculty affiliate in the Center on Social Disparities and Health (C2S) at the Institute for Policy Research; a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Gender and Sexual Minority Health and Wellbeing; and a member of the Buffett Institute Faculty Advisory Council.

He 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). His 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.

Courses Taught


SOCIOL 232/GNDR_ST 232: Sexuality and Society Syllabus

SOCIOL 276: Introductory Topics: Sociology of Sexuality Syllabus

SOCIOL 322: Sociology of Immigration Syllabus

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

SOCIOL 476: Sociology of Immigration 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


Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men
University of Chicago Press, 2017

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


From MSM to Heteroflexibilities: Non-exclusive Straight Male Identities and their Implications for HIV Prevention and Health Promotion.
With Amanda Hoffman; Global Public Health, 2016

“Straight with a Pinch of Bi”: The Construction of Heterosexuality as an Elastic Category among Adult U.S. Men.
With Amanda Hoffman; Sexualities, 2017

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
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