Emmanuel David is an interdisciplinary feminist, queer, and trans studies scholar with a qualitative research focus on gender, sexuality, labor, and globalization. He is an associate professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 2013, he has served as the co-director of the LGBTQ Certificate Program. He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Asian Studies, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Center for Values and Social Policy, the Department of Sociology, and the Natural Hazards Center. He's currently on the editorial boards of Culture, Theory, and Critique and WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly.
His current research, based on in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the Philippines as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, explores broad socio-economic questions about value production among queer and transgender workers in the global call center industry. His essay, "Purple-Collar Labor: Transgender Workers and Queer Value at Global Call Centers in the Philippines," was published in Gender & Society (2015). Additional articles from the project appear in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2016), Radical History Review (2015), and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2017).
He is also interested in the cultural politics of beauty. He has published three articles focused on queer and transgender beauty pageants in the Philippines. These articles appear in Feminist Formations; TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly; and WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. His article "Transgender Archipelagos" received the 2019 Best Article Award from the Society for Queer Asian Studies.
His previous work focused on the gendered dimensions of disaster. He is author of Women of the Storm: Civic Activism after Hurricane Katrina (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and 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).
At CU Boulder, he teaches Introduction to LGBT Studies; Women of Color & Activism; Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context; Queer Theory; and Critical Inquiries in Transgender Studies. He is a 2019 recipient of CU Boulder's Best Should Teach Award for excellence in teaching.