Director of the BIARI program, Professor of Anthropology


Matthew Gutmann is Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BAIRI), Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, and Faculty Associate at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. As a scholar, his research and teaching has focused on studies of men and masculinities; public health; politics; and the military. HIs published books include The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City (also in Spanish and Portuguese editions); The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Mexico City (also in Spanish and Chinese editions); Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control and AIDS in Mexico (also in Spanish edition); Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Speak out against the War (with Catherine Lutz); and Global Latin America: Into the Twenty-First Century (edited with Jeffrey Lesser). With Jeffrey Lesser he is also editing the University of California Press Global Square book series.

Most of his ethnographic research has been conducted in Mexico where he is affiliated with the Colegio de México, and more recently in China, where he is affiliated with Nanjing University.  At present he is finishing a book project, Men Are Animals: An Anthropology of Sex, Violence, and Biobabble.  From 2009 to 2013, he was Vice President for International Affairs at Brown, leading the University’s efforts to build collaborations and exchanges with leading institutions around the world and major programs relevant to internationalization. Gutmann has a Master’s in Public Health, and in 2008 he won the Eileen Basker Memorial Award for the best scholarly study on gender and health in anthropology. He has also been a visiting professor in China, France, Mexico, and Spain. In addition to working in Latin America for the last two decades, Gutmann's undergraduate major was modern and classical Chinese.

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