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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Brian Gilley « Committee on NAIS

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Professor of Anthropology

Office: Student Building Room 306
Phone: 855-2689
E-mail: bjgilley at


Dr. Gilley's research engages the logic of late liberalism with a focus on the relationship between 'tradition,' power, and cultural practice. These theoretical topics are explored in two primary areas of research gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS among American Indians (specifically GLBTQ:2-Spirit) and in the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional road cycling. Both research areas seek to understand the ways in which micro-local notions of tradition position bodies, bodily movements and bodily desires within customary practice and modern knowledge production.

Publication Highlights

2011. Queer Indigenous Studies, University of Arizona Press, Edited volume with S. Morgenson, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley.

2009. Native Sexual Inequalities: American Indian Cultural Conservative Homophobia and the Problem of Tradition, Sexualities, 12(6): 1-22.

2009. Sherry Ortner in Fifty Key Anthropologists, R. Gordon, A. Lyons and H. Lyons, Eds. New York: Routledge Press.

2007. Gilley, B.J. & M. Keesee, Linking "White Oppression" and HIV/AIDS in American Indian Etiology: Conspiracy Beliefs among AI MSMs and their peers, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 14(1): 34-51.

2006. Becoming Two-Spirit: The Search for Self and Social Acceptance in Indian Country, University of Nebraska Press.

2006. "Snag Bags": Adapting Condoms to Community Values in American Indian Communities, Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care 8(6): 1-12.

2006. Cyclist Subjectivity: Corporeal Management and the Inscription of Suffering, Anthropological Notebooks: Društvo antropologov Slovenije, 12(2): 53-64.

2005. Gilley, B.J.; Co-cke, J. H., Cultural Investment: Providing Opportunities to Reduce Risky Behavior among Gay American Indian Males. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Special Issue: "Faces of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse in Native American Communities" 37(3): 293-8.

2005. Two-Spirit Powwows and the Search for Social Acceptance in Indian Country, In Powwow: Origins, Significance, and Meaning, Eric Lassiter, ed., University of Nebraska Press, 224-240.

2004. Making Traditional Spaces: Cultural Compromise at Two-Spirit Gatherings in Oklahoma, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 28(2): 81-95.