Women and Gender Studies

Emmanuel David is assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies and co-director of the LGBTQ Certificate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a qualitative sociologist with specializations in gender, culture, and inequality. His current research, based on fieldwork conducted as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, focuses on transgender workplace experiences in the global call center industry in the Philippines. His essay, “Purple-Collar Labor” has been published in Gender & Society, and additional articles appear in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesRadical History Reviewand TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Gender & Society.

His previous work on the gendered dimensions of disaster has appeared in several journals and books. Drawing on fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, he investigated the ways in which disaster-related emergent groups, including those led by women, have provided important social and public services usually assumed by the state in non-crisis times. He has also examined how women’s post-disaster labor is linked to broader social and economic changes such as state restructuring, neoliberal reform, and the privatization of post-disaster recovery. He is editor (with Elaine Enarson) of the interdisciplinary anthology The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012) and author of Women of the Storm: Civic Activism after Hurricane Katrina (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2017). 

Dr. David received his Ph.D. in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from CU Boulder (2009) and a Certificate of Study from the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the WGST Department at CU Boulder in 2013, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Villanova University (2010-2012).