Carlos Decena

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Carlos Ulises Decena, Assistant Professor
Rutgers University, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studien / Women's and Gender Studies Department


B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., New York University. Professor Carlos Decena is Undergradute Director & Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Assistant Professor of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies. His areas of interest include cultural studies of the Américas, migration and immigration, gender and sexuality, and interdisciplinary approaches to the social sciences.


He draws upon methodologies from the social sciences and humanities to generate innovative scholarship and teaching about important contemporary issues ranging from identity formation within migrant communities to migration, resettlement, and access to health care services. His book Tacit Subjects: Dominican Transnational Identities and Male Homosexuality in New York City is forthcoming from Duke University Press. His work has appeared on the Journal of the National Medical Association, Social Text (a special issue titled “The Border Next Door which he coedited with Margaret Gray), Journal of Urban Health, Papeles de Población, AIDS Care and GLQ. He is also a co-editor of a Special Dossier on Latino Immigrants in New York State.

Since joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004, he has been teaching and mentoring students in two departments, Women's and Gender Studies and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. He has introduced a range of exciting new courses, such as Introduction to the Critical Study of Masculinities, The Color of AIDS: The Politics of Race during the AIDS Crisis, Dominican Transnational Cultures, Gender and Sexualities in the Caribbean, and Dominican Transnationalism. In Fall 2009, he assumed the responsibilities of Undergraduate Program Director in Women's and Gender Studies, overseeing the major and three minor programs.