Robert Wyrod

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Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

1122 Lane Hall 204 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Office Location(s): 1122 Lane Hall
Phone: 734.763.2047
Fax: 734.647.4943
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  • About

    Scholarly Interests: gender, sexuality, and development; masculinity; social aspects of HIV/AIDS; global health; ethnographic methods; African studies; culture and globalization; documentary film.

    Robert Wyrod’s research lies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and social change. His current work brings a sociological perspective to social change in sub-Saharan Africa, with special attention paid to how gender relations in Africa are shifting within the context of the AIDS epidemic. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Uganda, focusing on how conceptions of masculinity are changing in this settings and the role AIDS is playing in these social transformations. Beyond his interest in the social dimensions of AIDS, Robert’s work also examines the global dimensions of feminist activism, especially how notions of women’s rights are articulated and reformulated in non-Western contexts. 

    Prior to joining the Women’s Studies faculty, Robert was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2009, he was part of the inaugural cohort who received a Master of Science in Global Health from UCSF.

  • Education
    • PhD Sociology, University of Chicago, 2007