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Miguel Munoz-Laboy

Miguel Munoz-Laboy

Associate Professor

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miguel.munoz-laboy@temple.edu

Biography

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

1992-1996: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, B.S. in Agriculture, with (MCL) honors.                     

1996-1998: University of Connecticut, Farmington, M.P.H. in General Public Health. Master Thesis:  “Male-to-Male Sexuality and Sexual Risk Among Youth in Sri Lanka.”

1998-2001: Columbia University, New York, Dr.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences. Dissertation: “The Organization of the Sexuality of Bisexually-Active Latino Men in New York City” [Distinction for Outstanding Dissertation Research 2001, Maritza de Castro Benton Award for Outstanding Dissertation in 2001]

2001-2003: National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (T32 MH 19139) with the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies (Principal Investigator: Anke Ehrhardt), New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

2012-present. Associate Professor, School of Work at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

2011-2012. Associate Director, Center for the Study of Politics, Culture and Health, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York. 

2009-2012. Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York, 2009 – 2012. 

2006-2011. Director, Doctor in Public Health (DrPH) Program in Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York. 

2006-2009. Deputy Chair for Planning of Academic Programs, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York. 

2005-2009. Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York. 

2003-2006. Director, Health Promotion MPH Program, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York, 2003 – 2006.

2006-2008. Director, Global Health MPH Program in Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York, 2006 – 2008.

2004-2008. Director, Community Scholars Fellowship Program, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York.

2003-2005. Associate Research Scientist, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, New York, New York, 2001 – 2003.

Field Researcher, Epidemiology Community Psychiatry (ECP), Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, New York, New York, 1998 – 2001.

Ethnographer, Division Child and Health Development, World Health Organization, Project: Manual to Development of Community Support Systems for the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Program, Hidalgo, Mexico, May – August 1998.

Ethnographer, Centre for Interdisciplinary Community Health Studies at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka, May – August 1997.

Research Assistant, Center for International Community Health Studies (CICHS) at the University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut, 1996 – 1998.

Health Educator, Health Promotion and Prevention Program (HPPP), University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1992 – 1996.

Course Involvement

Social Work SA 8207: Social Work Research:Communities and Policy Arenas and Management & Planning This course is the advanced research course for the students in the Management and Planning and Communities and Policy Arenas Concentrations.  This course will provide the history and philosophies, conceptual approaches, techniques and methods, and issues in practice and utilization of research applied to communities, organizations, social programs, and policies.  It will also support learning that assists students to reach new insights and actions in order to contribute to how organizations and communities can make use of evaluation findings.  It will focus on the skills to carry out research designed to support human rights through community and/or policy assessment, planning and intervention. Students will have opportunities for advanced exploration of community-based and planning research principles and practices. Students will apply relevant quantitative and qualitative research skills gained in the foundation research sequence. 

Social Transformation (SW 4308/SW 8831) The purpose of this course is to identify and analyze significant political, economic and social trends and developments, and to determine their impact on the building of democratic societies.  Various mediums will be used including works of fiction, biography, and nonfiction, films, and guest speakers.  Emphasis is on understanding the factors that contribute to the pursuit of social change and attainment of social justice in local, national and international arenas.  Attention is paid to the roles of individuals within transformational efforts, specifically the responsibilities of social work practitioners.

Publications/Presentations

ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

Forthcoming (2013-2014)

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Severson, N., Perry, A. & Guilamo-Ramos, V. (in press). Differential impact of types of social support in the mental health of formerly incarcerated Latino men. American Journal of Men’s Health.

Severson, N., Muñoz-Laboy, M. (in press) “At times, I feel like I’m sinning”: The paradoxical role of non-LGBT-affirming religion in the lives of behaviorally bisexual Latino men. Culture, Health, Sexuality.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Garcia, J., Perry, A., Wilson, P. & Parker, R. (in press). Heteronormativity and sexual partnering among bisexual Latino men. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

2013

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Worthington, N., Perry, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Cabassa, L., Lee, J. & Severson, N. (2013). Socio-environmental risks for untreated depression among formerly incarcerated Latino men. Journal of Immigrant and Migrant Health. E-PUB AHEAD.

Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Parker, R. & Wilson, PA (2013) Sex markets and sexual opportunity structures of behaviorally bisexual Latino men in the urban metropolis of New York City. Archives of Sexual Behavior. E PUB AHEAD OF PRINT.

Severson, N., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Perry, A., Wilson, P., Parker, R. (2013) Generational Changes in the Meanings of Sex, Sexual Identity, and Stigma among Latino Young and Adult Men. Culture, Health, Sexuality, 15 (7): 804-818.

Mauk, D., Perry, A. & *Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2013)Exploring the Desires and Sexual Culture of Men Who Have Sex with Male-to-Female Transgender Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(5):793-803.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Parker, R.,Perry, A. & Garcia, J. (2013) Alternative Frameworks for Examining Latino Male Bisexuality in the Urban Space: A Theoretical Commentary based on Ethnographic Research in Rio de Janeiro and New York. Sexualities, 16 (5/6): 501-522.

2012

Muñoz-Laboy, M.,Perry, A., Bobet, S., Bobet, I., Quiñones, F., Ramos, H. & Lloyd, K. (2012). The "knucklehead" approach and what matters in health for formerly incarcerated Latino men. Social Science and Medicine, 74 (11): 1765-1773.

Martinez, O., Dodge, B., Goncalves, G., Schnarrs, P. W., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Reece, M., Malebranche, D., Van Der Pol, B., Kelle, G., Nix, R., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2012) Sexual behaviors and experiences among behaviorally bisexual Latino men in the Midwestern United States: Implications for sexual health interventions. Journal of Bisexuality, 12:283–310.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Garcia, J., Perry, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V. & Severson, N. (2012). Social network factors associated with sexually transmitted infections among formerly incarcerated Latino men. International Journal of Sexual Health, 25 (2): 163-168.

2011

Murray, L., Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Parker, R. (2011). Strange bedfellows: The Catholic Church and Brazilian National AIDS Program in the response to HIV/AIDS in Brazil.Social Science and Medicine, 72 (6):945-52.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Murray, L., Wittlin, N., Garcia, J., Terto Jr, V., & Parker, R. (2011). Beyond faith-based organizations: Using comparative institutional ethnography to understand religious responses to HIV and AIDS in Brazil. American Journal of Public Health, 101: 972-978.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Murray, L., Wittlin, N., Wilson, P., Terto, V. & Parker, R. (2011). Divine targets: Youth at the centre of Catholic and Pentecostal responses to HIV and AIDS in Brazil. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13 (6): 657-668.

Rios, L., Oliveira, C., Murray, L. & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2011). The Catholic Church, moral doctrine, and HIV prevention in Recife, Brazil: Negotiating the contradictions between religious belief and the realities of everyday life, Culture and Religion, 12(4): 355–372.

Rios, L. F., Oliveira, C., Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Parker, R. (2011). Blood, sweat and semen: The economy of Axé and the response of Afro-Brazilian religions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Recife. Global Public Health.6 (Suppl 2):S257-70.

Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Parker, R. (2011). Vulnerable salvation: Evangelical Protestant leaders and institutions, drug use and HIV and AIDS in the urban periphery of Rio de Janeiro, Global Public Health. 6 (Suppl 2):S243-56.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Garcia, J., Wilson, P., Moon-Howard, J. & Parker, R. (2011). Religious responses to HIV and AIDS:  Understanding the role of religious cultures and institutions in confronting the epidemic. Global Public Health. 6 (Suppl 2):127-31.

Seffner, F., Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Parker, R. (2011). A time for dogma, a time for the Bible, a time for condoms: Building a Catholic theology of prevention in the face of public health policies at Casa Fonte Colombo in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Global Public Health, 6 (Suppl 2):S271-83.

Martinez, O., Dodge, B., Rhodes, S., Schnarrs, M., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Goncalves, D., Reece, M., Malebranche, D., Van Der Pol;Kelle, M., & Fortenberry, S. (2011). Sexual health and life experiences: Voices from behaviourally bisexual Latino men in the Midwestern USA. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 13(9):1073-89.

Wilson, P., Wittlin, N., Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Parker, R. (2011). Ideologies of Black churches in New York City and the public health crisis of HIV among Black men who have sex with men. Global Public Health. 6 (Suppl 2):S227-42.

2010

Yon, C.  & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2010). “I don’t like to say that I’m anything” Sexuality Politics and Cultural Critique among Sexual-Minority Latino Youth, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 7 (2): 105-117.

Paiva, V., Garcia, J., Rios, L., Santos, A., Terto, V. & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2010). Religious communities and HIV prevention: An intervention study using a human rights-based approach. Global Public Health, 7: 1-15.

Magnus, M., Phillips, G., Binson, G., Hightow-Weidman, L., Richards, C., Rock-Wohl, A., Outlaw, A., Giordano, TP, Nyathi B, Cobbs W, Sheldon F, Tinsley M, Cajina A, and Hidalgo J for the YMSM SPNS Initiative Study Group (including: Muñoz-Laboy, M.). (2010). Characteristics Associated with Retention among African American and Latino Adolescent HIV-Positive Men: Results from the Outreach, Care, and Prevention to Engage HIV Seropositive Young MSM of Color Special Project of National Significance Multisite Study. JAIDS. 53:529-36.

2009

Muñoz-Laboy, M.,Hirsch, J., & Quispe-Lazaro, A. (2009). Loneliness as a sexual risk factor for Mexican male workers. American Journal of Public Health, 99 (5): 802–810.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Sririam, V., Weinstein, H. & Vasquez del Aguila, E. (2009). Negotiating bisexual desire and familism: The case of Latino/a bisexual young men and women in New York City. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 11 (3): 331–344.

Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., de Almeida, V. & Parker, R. (2009). Local impacts of religious discourses on rights to express same-sex sexual desires in periurban Rio de Janeiro, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6 (3): 44–60.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Sandfort, T. & Yi, H. (2009). Negotiating global sexual identities in local contexts, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6 (2): 1–2.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Sandfort, T. & Yi, H. (2009). Gender Ideologies and Sexual Rights in Local Contexts, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6 (3): 1–2.

Hirsch, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Nyhus, C., Yount, K., Bauermeister, J. (2009). They "miss more than anything their normal life back home": masculinity and extramarital sex among Mexican migrants in Atlanta. Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health. 41(1):23-32.

2008

Muñoz-Laboy, M.,Castellanos, D., Haliburton, C., Vasquez del Aguila, E., Weinstein, H., & Parker, R. (2008). Condom use and Hip Hop culture: An exploratory study among young men in New York City, American Journal of Public Health, 98 (10): 1081-1085.

Muñoz-Laboy, M.(2008). Familism, sexual regulation and risk among bisexual Latino men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37 (5): 773-82.

2006-2007

Muñoz-Laboy, M.,& Dodge, B. (2007). Which bisexual Latino men are at highest HIV/STI risk? An exploratory analysis.  American Journal of Public Health, 97 (6): 1102-1106.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Weinstein, H., & Parker, R. (2007).  Hip-Hop club scene: Gender, grinding and sex. Culture, Sexuality and Health, 9 (6): 615-628.

2005

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Castellanos, D. & Westacott, R. (2005). Sexual risk behavior, viral load and perceptions of HIV transmission among homosexually active Latino men: An exploratory study. AIDS Care 17 (1): 33-45.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Dodge, B. (2005). Bi-sexual practices: Patterns, meanings, and implications for hiv/sti prevention among bisexually-active Latino men and their partners. Journal of Bisexuality, 5 (1): 81-100.

Berkman, A., Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Paiva, V., & Parker, R., (2005). A critical analysis of the Brazilian response to HIV/AIDS: Lessons learned for controlling and mitigating the epidemic in developing countries.  American Journal of Public Health, 95 (7): 1162-1172.

Parker, R., di Mauro, D., Filiano, B., Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Sember, R. (2005). Global transformations and intimate relations in the 21st Century: Social science research on sexuality and the emergence of "sexual health" and "sexual rights" frameworks. Annual Review of Sex Research 2004, 15: 362-399.

Kelly, B., & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2005). Sexual place, spatial change, and the social (re)-organization of sexual culture. Journal of Sex Research, 42 (4): 359-366.

2003-2004

Muñoz-Laboy, M.(2004). Beyond ‘MSM’: Sexual desire among bisexually-active Latino men in New York City. Sexualities, 7 (1): 55-80.

Muñoz-Laboy, M., Almeida, V., Rios do Nascimento, L. & Parker, R. (2004). Promoting sexual health through action research among young male sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Practicing Anthropology, 26 (2): 30-34.

Muñoz-Laboy, M.,Vasquez del Aguila, E., & Parker, R. (2004). Globalization, structural violence and health: A commentary on inequity, social stigma and discrimination. (Original title in Spanish: Globalización, violencia estructural y salud: Algunos comentarios desde la inequidad, estigma social y discriminación). Boletin Electronico del Proyecto de Sexualidades, Salud y Derechos Humanos en Latino America,3 (1).

Parker, R., Pasarelli, C.A., Terto Jr. V., Pimenta, C., Berkman, A., & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2003). Introduction. Divulgação em Saúde para Debate, 27:140-142.

CHAPTERS

1.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M.& Yon, C. (2009). Latino bisexualities and discourses: Offering a new alternative. In M. Asencio (Ed). Latino Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. pp. 243-252.

2.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Parker, R. (2009). Flirting, erotic interactions and sexual choreography among urban youth: Hip hop in New York City.  In P. Aggleton and R. Parker (Eds.). Handbook on Sexuality, Health and Rights. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 236-243.

3.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M.& Parker, R. (2010). Bisexualities, sexual cultures, and HIV prevention programs for Latino men in New York City. In D. Feldman (Ed.) AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men. Gainesville, FL.: University Press of Florida. pp.167-183.

4.    Aguirre-Molina, M., Borrell, L., Muñoz-Laboy, M.,& Vega, M. (2010). A social and structural framework for the analysis of Latino male’s health. In Aguirre-Molina, L. Borrell & W. Vega (Eds.). Health Issues in Latino Males: A Social and Structural Approach. New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press. pp. 1-13.

5.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Perry, A. (2011). Reducing sexual and reproductive health disparities among Latino Men: Exploring solutions in the boundaries of masculinity.  In P. Nogueras, Hurtado, A., & Fergus, E. (Eds.). Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Boys and Men. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 57-78.

6.    Yon Leau, C. & *Muñoz-Laboy, M. (2011). "Ellos son personas que saben lo que está pasando en la calle": Hip hop, agencia e identidades sociales de jóvenes latinos en Nueva York, in Antonio Marquet (ed.), /Hegemonía y desestabilización: Diez reflexiones en el campo de la cultura y la sexualidad/, pp. 63-78, Mexico City:  Ediciones Eón.

7.    Rivera Colón, E., *Muñoz-Laboy, M., & Hernández, D. (2012). Clean sweeps & social control in Latino bisexual male sex markets in New York City. In K. Organista (Ed). HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research, and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

8.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M.,Parker, R. & Wilson, P. (in press). Linking social context to situational context in the study of non-heterosexual sexual experience. In C. Phellas (Ed.). Researching Non-Heterosexual Sexualities, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

9.    Yon, C.  & Muñoz-Laboy, M. (in press). “I don’t like to say that I’m anything” Sexuality Politics and Cultural Critique among Sexual-Minority Latino Youth. In M. Stombler, D. Baunach, E. Burgess, W. Simonds, & E. Windsor. Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader, 4th edition, Boston: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

10.  Parker, R., Garcia, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Sommer, M., and Wilson, P. (in press): Sexuality and Public Health.  In: Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Chorh Chuan Tan (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th edition.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Guest editor of special issues of peer reviewed journals

1.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M., Sandfort, T. & Yi, H. (Eds.), Special Issue: Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Sexualities: Desires, Practices, and Identities (Parts 1-2), Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 2009.

2.    *Muñoz-Laboy, M., Wilson, P. & Moon-Howard, J. (Eds.), Special Issue: Religion, HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health, Global Public Health, 2011.

Case reports

1.          *Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Gracia, T. Defining the Role of the University Peer Educator in the Prevention of College Alcohol and Drug Abuse and related Social and Health Outcomes. Report to the Alliance of Universities and Resources in the Prevention of the Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CRUSADA). Ponce, Puerto Rico. November, 1995.

2.          *Muñoz-Laboy, M., Schensul, S. & De Silva, A. Youth Research Association “Yatra” (the boat): Peer Research Directed Towards Reducing Sexual Risk Among Youth in Sri Lanka. Report to the Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation. Washington, D.C. October, 1999.

Edited books

Padilla, M., Hirsch, J., Sember, R., Muñoz-Laboy, M. & Parker, R. (Eds.) (2007). Love and Globalization: Transformations of Intimacy in the Contemporary World. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Book reviews

1.    Muñoz-Laboy, M.(2003). Estudio Nacional de Comportamiento Sexual: Primeros Analisis, Chile 2000. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 32, 181-182.

2.    Muñoz-Laboy, M.(2004). Perspectives on Culturally-Based Concepts of Male-Semen Loss: A key to prevention of STIs/HIV. (Edited by: Deepak Charitable Trust). Gujarat, India: Deepak Charitable Trust, December 2002. Culture, Sexuality and Health, 6 (6): 537-539.

3.    Muñoz-Laboy, M.  (2005). Herbert, T. Walter.  Sexual Violence and American Manhood.  Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England. 2002. Culture, Sexuality and Health, 7 (5): 507-508.

4.    Muñoz-Laboy, M.  (2006). Gloria Gonzalez-López. Erotic Journeys: Mexican Migrant and their Sex Lives. University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London. 2005. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (4): 982-983.

5.    Muñoz-Laboy, M.  (2007). Gary Barker. Dying to be Men: Youth, Masculinity and Social Exclusion. Routledge, New York and London. 2005. Global Public Health, 2 (4): 421-423.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF RESEARCH

1.    “Music Tastes Linked to HIV Risks.” French Associated Press, August 21, 2006.

2.    Parker-Pope, Tara. “For Clues on Teenage Sex, Experts Look to Hip-Hop.” New York Times, November 6, 2007.

3.    Parker-Pope, Tara. “For Clues on Teenage Sex, Experts Look to Hip-Hop.” International Herald Tribune: The Global Edition of the New York Times, November 6, 2007.

4.    Julian, Liam. “Bad Rap, Celebrating Hip-Hop Degrades Urban Communities.” National Review Online, November 9, 2007.

5.    Agrell, Siri. “Freaking is the New ‘Can I Buy You a Drink?’” The Globe and Mail Newspaper, Canada, November 22, 2007.

6.    Stepp, Laura. “Two Types Of Dirty Dancing: Grinding Is Explicit, But Don't Call It Sexy.” The Washington Post, June 3, 2008.

7.    Solman, Paul. “From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars.” PBS, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec11/makingsense_07-26.html, July 26, 2011.

8.    Cassell, Heather. “New website caters to bi Latinos,” The Bay Area Reporter http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68848, June 13, 2013.

 

PRESENTATIONS

1.    “GEAR: Peer Educators in Action.” Lecture with co-presenter Humberto Marchand at the annual meeting of the Alliance of Universities and Resources in the Prevention of the Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CRUSADA). San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 1993.

2.    “Building a Student Coalition for Changing College Environments: First Steps for La Cueva del Tarzan.” Lecture with co-presenter Hernan Mendez at annual meeting of the Alliance of Universities and Resources in the Prevention of the Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CRUSADA). San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 1994.

3.    “Defining the Role of the University Peer Educator in the Prevention of College Alcohol and Drug Abuse and related Social and Health Outcomes.” Lecture with co-presenter: Teresa Gracia at the annual meeting of the Alliance of Universities and Resources in the Prevention of the Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CRUSADA). Ponce, Puerto Rico. November 1995.

4.    “Youth Research Association – YATRA (the boat): Peer Research Directed Towards Reducing Sexual Risk Among Youth in Sri Lanka.” Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.C. November 1997.

5.    “Male-to-Male Sexuality and Sexual Risk Among Sri Lankan Youth.” Lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. San Juan, Puerto Rico. April 1998.

6.    “Exploring Political Participation and Sense of Sexual Citizenship among Bisexually Active Latino Men in New York City.” Lecture at the First International Conference “De Amores y Luchas”: Sexual Rights and Citizenship. Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. September 2000.

7.    “Structural Violence and Bisexually Active Latino Men in New York City.” Lecture at the International Seminar: Sexuality, Social Inequalities and Structural Violence. AIDS Interdisciplinary Brazilian Association (ABIA) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 2001.

8.    “Social Space, Risk and Urban Latino Youth.” Lecture at the Society for Research on Adolescence Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. April 2002.

9.    “Bisexuality, Masculinity and Globalization.” Lecture at the Masculinity, Globalization and Economic Development Systems, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico. June 2002.

10.  “Bisexuality and Latinos in the United States.” Lecture at the Latino Sexualities Seminar at the University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. April 8, 2005.

11.  “Bisexual Practices: Patterns, Meanings, and Implications for HIV/STI Prevention Among Bisexually-Active Latino Men and their Partners.” Lecture at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA. December 5, 2005.

12.  “Urban Youth Cultures, Masculinity and Sexual Risk.” Lecture at the 2006 International AIDS Conference. Toronto, Canada. August 16, 2006.

13.  “The Sexual Health of Youth in the United States: Urban Youth Cultures, Masculinity and Risk.” Lecture at the Hispanic Advisory Corp of the U.S. Public Health Services Officers Corp. Bethesda, MD. November 1, 2006.

14.  “Community Ethnographer Organizers (CEOs): Training Youth of Color as Community Researchers to Investigate HIV Risk Vulnerabilities.” Lecture at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA. November 6, 2006.

15.  “Between Borders of Desire: Familial Love and Latino Bisexuality.” Lecture at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA. November 7, 2006.

16.  “Deconstructing Desire in the Sexual Market of Migrant Workers: The Case of Mexican Men in New York.” Lecture at the Seminar for Gender, Sexuality and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. New York, NY. January 16, 2007.

17.  “Mexican Masculinities and the Sexual Spaces of the City.” Lecture atthe Future of Sexuality Research – First Conference of the University Consortium for Sexuality Research and Training, Bloomington, IN. April 10, 2007.

18.  “Responding to AIDS from the Altar: Reflecting on Religious Responses to AIDS in Brazil.” Lecture at the Sociology and Anthropology Departmental Seminar Series at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. April 11, 2007.

19.  “Loneliness, Migration and Sexual Risk: The Case of Mexican Migrant Workers in New York City.” Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society. Lima, Peru. June 28, 2007.

20.  “Migrant Workers and Geographies of Risk: The Case of Mexican Men in New York City.” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. November 4, 2007.

21.  “Bisexuality, Family and Hip Hop: The Impacts of Social-Cultural Spaces on Sexual Regulation among Latino and African American Young Men in New York.” Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research. Leuven, Belgium. June 11, 2008.

22.  “God, Hip Hop and Sexual Acculturation: The Impact of Urban Youth Cultures on Sexual and Gendered Behavior.” Plenary Lecture at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 7, 2008.

23.  "Examining the Logic of Risk among Behaviorally Bisexual Latino Men," with Ashley Perry. American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2010.

24.  "Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Bisexual Latino Men: Preliminary Findings from the Latino BiCultural Project," with Ashley Perry, American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2010.

25.  "Coping with the Economy: Marijuana and Alcohol use among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men," with Ilka Bobet, Hector Ramos and Santos Bobet, American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2010.

26.  "Condom use among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men," with Ilka Bobet, Francisco Quiñones and Samuel Santiago, American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2010.

27.  "Network Determinants of Marijuana, Alcohol and HIV Risk among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men," with Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Ilka Bobet, American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2010.

28.  “Sex Markets and Sexual Partnering Practices of Bisexual Latino Men,” with Ashley Perry, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, November 5-8, 2011.

29.  “Exploring the Sexual and Reproductive Health Profile and Practices of Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men,” Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, November 5-8, 2011.

30.  “Sexuality Research and Promoting Sexual Health in Brazil,” Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, November 5-8, 2011.

31.  Masculinity and depression among formerly incarcerated Latino men. American Public Health Association. Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, October 2012.

32.  Influences of social networks on sexually transmitted infections among formerly incarcerated Latino men. American Public Health Association. Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, October 2012.

33.  Outsourcing Desire: conceptualizing patterns of extra-relational sex among married and partnered Latino men. The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society. Annual Meeting. Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2013.

34.  “At times, I feel like I’m sinning”: Family-based religiosity and the organization of Latino bisexual men’s sexual lives. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, November 2013.

35.  Transexual desire, meanings of sex, and constructions of gender among behaviorally bisexual Latino men. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, November 2013.

Grants & Contracts

Active Funding

NICHD (Muñoz-Laboy)                                                                                         10/2009-07/2014

1R01HD056948-01A2 Gender, Power and Latino Men's HIV Risk The aims of this project are: 1) To describe the mechanisms by which gender and power inequalities create HIV risk in the lives of bisexual Latino men and how these men respond to these conditions of risk and vulnerability; 2) To conduct an assessment of the capacities and limitations of the local HIV prevention infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on exploring how macro-societal perceptions of Latino bisexuality and masculinity create or limit access to HIV prevention and treatment services for bisexual Latino men in the New York Metropolitan Area; and 3) On the basis of research findings, to design a contextually-relevant, evidence-based, theoretically-grounded intervention to reduce HIV risk among bisexual Latino men using the Intervention Mapping approach. These aims will be accomplished through implementing a four-year, mixed-methods study including in-depth interviews with 160 bisexual Latino men and a three-year ethnography on bisexual sex markets in five communities. Role: Principal Investigator

Recently Completed Funding

NIMH (Muñoz-Laboy & Guilamo-Ramos)                                                            09/2009-08/2011   

1RC1MH088636-01- Challenge Grant Network Determinants of Sexual Risk, Alcohol and Marijuana Binge Use among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men (FILM) The goal of this project is to examine the role of familial and social networks among FILM in order to develop the foundation for a network-based intervention to reduce HIV among FILM. To advance that broad goal, we proposed the following specific aims: 1) To conduct sixty network-based, open-ended interviews to elicit: (a) perspectives about FILM’s reentry into community networks, (b) information on network leisure activities with special emphasis on marijuana and alcohol binge use followed by sexual behavior, and (c) collective expectancies regarding: collective risk behaviors and network members’ role in supporting FILM’s efforts to reduce concurrent HIV-related risk behaviors. 2) On the basis of the data collected, develop a linguistically- and culturally-appropriate measurement of network and individual HIV risk for FILM and examine the relationships between network and behavioral determinants on FILM HIV risk behavior via the application of a cross-sectional survey with a sample of 200 FILM and 200 nominated network referents. 3) To examine the collective meanings attached to (and practices related to) alcohol and marijuana binge use and sexual risk behavior, in order to compare differences among diverse networks of FILM with respect to the level of collective HIV risk as well as network-level protective factors. Role: Principal Investigator

NICHD (Hirsch)                                                                                                      09/2007-07/2012

1R24HD056691-01 Social Science Training and Research Department of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS) - Hanoi Medical University (HMU) Partnership The goal of this project is to create a national center of excellence in social science approaches to the study of HIV prevention, treatment and care in Vietnam. This project provides training in the design and implementation of policy-relevant social science research, hands-on research opportunities for trainees in three pilot studies, and contributes to the institutional development of Hanoi Medical University's Department of Social Medicine. Role: Co-Investigator (Director of Subproject on Masculinity and Family in Vietnam)

NIMH (Ehrhardt)                                                                                                     02/2008-02/2012

P30MH43520      HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies - Global Partnership Core This large multidisciplinary AIDS research center focuses on HIV prevention science among neglected populations at risk for HIV infection, with a commitment to underserved inner-city populations and innovative research based on new scientific approaches to prevention that emphasize sexual risk in the broader context of gender, ethnicity, and culture.  Research also focuses on interventions with HIV-infected populations, including those for stress, coping, and medical adherence. Role: Co-Investigator

NIMH (Ehrhardt)                                                                                                     07/2001-06/2003

T32MH19139 Training Grant HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies This postdoctoral research training program provides intensive training in human sexuality research as applied to HIV prevention and HIV-related health interventions. The major components of our program are academic course work, the development of research and professional skills, and the conduct of independent research. Role: Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Foundation (Parker)                                                                                12/2001-06/2003

The Brazilian Response to HIV/AIDS The aim of this project was to analyze the components and to assess the transferability of the Brazilian response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Role: Program Manager

The Ford Foundation (Parker)                                                                                06/2002-07/2006

Sexuality, Culture, & Society: Building a Foundation for Sexuality Research & Training in the 21st Century The aim of this project was to contribute to the development of social science research and training in the field of sexuality with a prominent role in building this field both nationally and internationally. Role: Co-Principal Investigator

University of Natal/NICHD (Preston-Whyte)                                                                    06/2002-08/2008

5R24HD043554-03      Partnerships for HIV/AIDS Research in KwaZulu-Natal The aims of the project were to facilitate and foster social science research and training in the field of HIV/AIDS and promote the development of sustained and mutually informative multidisciplinary interaction between the social and biomedical scientists seeking solutions to the epidemic among African populations. Role: Co-Investigator of the subcontract

The Ford Foundation (Parker)                                                                                06/2002-02/2010

Sexuality Policy Watch The aim of this project was to promote more effective linkages between local and regional activities and create a forum to stimulate global policy debate related to sexuality, sexual health, and sexual rights. Role: Co-Investigator

Bronx AIDS Services/HRSA (Richards)                                                                09/2004-08/2006

SPNS1H9HA03891-01-00 SPNS Research Grant on Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM) This project consisted of conducting youth-action research, including  ethnographic observations of YMSM social and sexual networks to increase access to HIV/AIDS care for HIV seropositive YMSM. Role: Program Design, Evaluator Consultant

Molly Lou Foundation (Muñoz-Laboy)                                                                    02/2005-06/2007

Healthy Monday Campaign: A Demonstration Project The aim of this project was to launch and assess the feasibility of a social marketing concept for health promotion, making Mondays a designated day for promoting healthy behaviors.  Role: Principal Investigator                                                            

NICHD (Parker)                                                                                                      05/2005-04/2010

1R01HD050118-01 Religious Responses to HIV/AIDS in Brazil This study focused on examining the roles played by religious organizations and movements in the Brazilian response to AIDS – in particular, how their actions contributed to the development and implementation of a Brazilian model for addressing the epidemic.  Role: Co-Principal Investigator

NIMH (Caton)                                                                                                         06/2005-07/2009  

P30MH071430-01A1 Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies The goal of this project was to prevent chronic homelessness among people with mental illness. Preventive interventions were developed for high risk populations to enable individuals living with mental illness to retain safe, adequate, and affordable housing throughout the lifespan, therefore enhancing their ability to regain valued social roles and be included fully in the life of the community. Role: Co-Investigator

 

NICHD (Muñoz-Laboy)                                                                                          08/2005-06/2007

3R01HD041724-04S1      Minority Supplement: Investigator Developing Independent Research Career Sub-study: The Social Context and Organization of Sexual Risk among Labor Mexican Immigrants. Parent Study: Love, Marriage and HIV: A Multisite Study of Gender and HIV Risk (1R01HD041724-01A1; PI: J. Hirsch) Role: Principal Investigator of Supplement

 

Ford Foundation (Muñoz-Laboy)                                                                            07/2006-06/2008

Masculinity, Sexual Culture and Cultural Production among Urban Youth in the U.S. This project sought to respond to the silences in the available record of research findings on sexual cultures and sexual health among young people in communities of color in the urban United States by focusing systematic research attention on the social production of masculinities and male sexualities among urban youth in communities of color. Role: Principal Investigator

Columbia University Professional Development Funds (Muñoz-Laboy)               01/2007-12/2007

Power inequalities and the Sexual Health of Bisexual Latino Youth The aim of this project was to examine how power and gender inequalities shape sexual risks of bisexual teenage Latinos in New York City. Role: Principal Investigator

NICHD (Muñoz-Laboy)                                                                                          03/2007-09/2008

1R03HD055107-01 Ethnography of Men who have Sex with Male-to-Female Transgender Partners This study focused on exploring the sexual culture and risk practices of men who have sex with male-to-female transgender partners in New York City. Role: Principal Investigator

NIAAA (Balan)                                                                                                                   09/2008-08/2010                

R21AA18075-01  HIV-Prevention Intervention Targets in High-Risk Alcohol Venues in Argentina The goals of this project were to identify factors that contribute to alcohol use and high-risk sexual behavior in venues and identify HIV risk reduction possibilities in the venues and how they can be targeted by interventions. Role: Co- Investigator

 

Research

In my research, I use sociological and anthropological theories and concepts to investigate social and public health problems. Specifically, I draw on the interdisciplinary scholarship on culture, masculinity and sexuality in order to examine determinants of health risks and effective change among marginalized young and adult men in globalized urban settings. Although in the past two decades there has been growing enthusiasm in the inclusion of men and increasing men’s participation in health matters (such as reproductive health, HIV/STI prevention, obesity prevention and mental health early detection and treatment), the successes have been limited given the general lack of empirical evidence on men’s health decision-making and how social-environmental contexts impact their decisions. My research falls into three broad topic areas:  1) social determinants of HIV/STI vulnerability among sexual and ethnic minorities in global settings, specifically bisexual youth and adults; 2) cultural and network factors that may promote or prevent risk-taking among economically marginalized youth and adults in global settings, and 3) the role of masculinity and cultural ideologies, such as religion, in shaping community responses and the development of potential multi-level effective responses to community health problems.