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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Brian Gilley


Associate Professor, Anthropology Department

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  • PhD Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, 2002
  • Master of Arts, University of Oklahoma, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oklahoma, 1994
  • Associates of Science, St. Gregory’s University, 1992
  • Scuola Italiana, Middlebury College

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Native North America, Contemporary Italy and Belgium

Topical Interests: Gender, Sexuality, the body, power and difference, HIV/AIDS, the nature of the subject, Institutional logics in late liberalism, body movement in sport


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.

Selected Publications


2014 A Longhouse Fragmented: Ohio Iroquois Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century, SUNY Press.

2011 Critical Queer Indigenous Interventions, University of Arizona Press,
Edited volume with S. Morgenson, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley (equal responsibility).

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


Gilley, B.J. (2014) Queer Indigenous Entropy: Sexual Circulation and the Conquest Narrative, Anthropology of Consciousness 25(2): 192 - 207.

Gilley, B.J. (2014) Joyous Discipline: Two-Spirit Men’s Autonomy and the Authority of Cultural Conservatives, American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Gilley, B.J. † (2014)  Cycling Nostalgia:  Authenticity, Tourism and Social Critique in Tuscany, Sport in History, Special Issue: Sport's Relationship with Other Leisure Industries, 34(2): 340 - 57.

Gilley, B.J. (2012) Gay American Indian Men’s Mobility and Sexual Sedentarism in the United States Census Rules of Residence, Human Organization, 71(2):  149 – 156.

Gilley, B.J. (2010), “A Balance of Authority:  Ponca Women’s Cultural Autonomy through the Appropriation of the Ethnographic Interview” INTERTEXTS: a Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection 14(2): 43-52.

Gilley, B.J. (2010) Native Sexual Inequalities: American Indian Cultural Conservative Homophobia and the Problem of Tradition, Sexualities, 13 (1): 47-68. 

Gilley, B.J. & M. Keesee (2007) 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. 

Gilley, B.J.  (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. 

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

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


Gilley, B.J. (2011), Two-Spirit Men’s Sexual Survivance against the Inequality of Desire In Critical Queer Indigenous Interventions, S. Morgenson, B. Gilley, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley, eds, University of Arizona Press.

Morgenson, S., B.J. Gilley, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley (2011)  Introduction, In Critical Queer Indigenous Interventions, S.Morgenson, B. Gilley, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley, eds, University of Arizona Press. 

Finley, C., Q. Driscoll, S. Mogenson and B.J. Gilley (2011) The Revolution Is for Everyone: Imagining an Emancipatory Future through Queer Indigenous Critical Theories, In Critical Queer Indigenous Interventions, S.Morgenson, B. Gilley, Q. Driscoll and C. Finley, eds, University of Arizona Press.

Gilley, B.J. (Fall 2010) Sherry Ortner In Fifty Key Anthropologists, R. Gordon, A. Lyons and H. Lyons, Eds.  New York:  Routledge Press.

Gilley, B.J. (Submitted) Coup Counting Queens:  Native Sexual Circulation and Queer Ordered Entropy, In Queering the Countryside, M. Gray and C. Johnson, eds.  New York:  NYU Press.