Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He has coedited two award winning books The Sexuality of Migration
, and Queer Brown Voices
, and is currently completing his book manuscript about sexual minorities in Santería (an Afro-Cuban religion).
A contributor to the American Sociological Association through several committees, he served as convener (and first non-elected Chair) of a new section called Sociology of the Body and Embodiment
, is Past Chair of the Sexualities Section
, and editorial board member for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
, published by the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Outside the discipline, he collaborates with the Center on Latin American and Latino Studies
at AU, and as an editorial board member for Duke's newest journal, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly
In the past, he has supported DC community-based groups such as Different Avenues (see related essay on Public Sociology
) and the Latino GLBT History Project
He continues Fulbright-based research on displacement and LGBT people in Bogotá, Colombia. With Juliana Martínez
, he is engaged in 'Transgendering Human Rights," a newest research project with the Americas as its focus.
PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA, California State University--Humboldt
BA, Universidad de Puerto Rico--Recinto de Río Piedras