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Suzanne LaFont

Biography

Professor Suzanne LaFont holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University. She is a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in gender, sexuality, and human rights who has taught at many institutions, including the University of Kaunas in Lithuania and the University of Sophia in Bulgaria. Professor LaFont has published books on gender and sexuality in Namibia, gender relations in Jamaica, women in Lithuania, and a textbook on the construction of gender and sexualities. In addition, she has written several articles, chapters in edited books, and monographs on the topics of romance tourism in Jamaica, homophobia in the Caribbean, sex work in Namibia, and attitudes towards tradition and sexuality in Namibia.


Courses

ANT 39: Sexuality and Culture


Education

1992 Yale University, Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
1988 Yale University, M.Phil. Cultural Anthropology
1985 University of Michigan, BA, Education


College Teaching

1996-present Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
2012 School of Professional Studies, CUNY
Consortial Faculty, Professor
2008-2012 School of Professional Studies, CUNY
Adjunct Professor
1998-2000 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
1996-2000 New York University, SPCS
Adjunct Associate Professor
1995-1996 Sofia University, Bulgaria, Graduate Program: Intercultural Communications
Visiting Assistant Professor
1994-1995 Kaunas University, Lithuania, Women Studies Center
Visiting Assistant Professor
1993-1994 New York University, SCE
Adjunct Assistant Professor


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources
(last 10 years)

Books
2010 Beliefs and Attitudes about Gender, Sexuality and Traditions amongst Namibian Youth. Windhoek, Namibia: LAC.
2007 Unravelling Taboos: Gender and Sexuality in Namibia. Edited by Suzanne LaFont and Dianne Hubbard. Windhoek, Namibia: LAC.
2003 Constructing Sexualities: Readings in Sexuality, Gender, and Culture. Edited by Suzanne LaFont, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. (This book has also been published in Braille)

Chapters in Peer Reviewed Books
2013 “Gender.” In The Encyclopedia of Human and Sexuality. Edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell
2011 "The Colonial Legacy: Gendered Laws in Jamaica." Coauthored with Deborah Pruitt. In Engendering Caribbean History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Edited by Verene Shepherd. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers.
2010 “Romance Tourism: Gender, Race, and Power in Jamaica.” In Tourism and Tourists. coauthored with Deborah Pruitt. 2nd Edition. Edited by Sharon Gmelch, Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press.
2009 “Not Quite Redemption Song: LGBT Hate in Jamaica.” In Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Edited by David A.B. Murray, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2007 “Decolonising Sexuality.” In Transitions in Namibia: Which change for whom? Edited by Henning Melber. Uppsala: The Nordic Institute of Africa.
2007 “Overview: Gender and Sexuality in Namibia.” In Unravelling Taboos: Gender and Sexuality in Namibia. Edited by Suzanne LaFont and Dianne Hubbard. Windhoek, Namibia: LAC.
2004 “Romance Tourism: Gender, Race, and Power in Jamaica.” In Tourism and Tourists. Coauthored with Deborah Pruitt. Edited by Sharon Gmelch, Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press.
2003 “National Reconciliation and Women in the Post-Communist States.” In National Reconciliation in Eastern Europe. Edited by Henry F. Carey, New York, East European Monographs: Columbia University Press.

Other Articles
2008 “Help Wanted: Sex Workers in Katutura, Namibia.” Monograph 2. Legal Assistance Centre’s website. Windhoek, Namibia. www.lac.org.na
2008 “Sex Workers Searching for Legal Safety.” Legal Assistance Centre’s website. Windhoek, Namibia. http://www.lac.org.na/news/specialfeatures/sexworkers.html
2008 “Please solicit your customers discreetly: The problem work in Namibia.” The Namibian. 07- 04-08. http://www.namibian.com.na/2008/July/columns/0812A5A8A6.html
2006 “Tournaments: Gang Sex or Gang Rape.” In OYO newsletter, 3:2. Windhoek, Ombetja Yehinga Organisation.
2005 “Crossword Puzzles Tailor-made for Anthropology.” In Teaching Strategies in Anthropology 4rd edition. Edited by Patricia Rice and David W. McCurdy, New York: Prentice Hall.
2004 “Where in the World is...?” In Teaching Strategies in Anthropology 3rd edition. Edited by Patricia Rice and David W. McCurdy, New York: Prentice Hall.

Events and/or Key Dates


Research Interests

Human Rights and Sexual Rights Africa and the African Diaspora
Gender and Sexuality Tourism
HIV/AIDS Race, Class, and Ethnicity
The Caribbean Sex Work

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
(last 10 years)

2012 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2008 KCC Scholarly and Applied Research Award
2007 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2006 Fellowship Leave of Absence
2006 KCC Scholarly and Applied Research Award
2006 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2005 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2004 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2003 PSC-CUNY Research Award
2003 KCC Scholarly and Applied Research Award


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