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Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Degrees:Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3724
Office:D795 Loeb Building
Website:Visit Professor Carrier-Moisan's website

Areas of Interest

Feminist anthropology; gender, space, and sexual politics; sex tourism; transnational mobility; political economy/governance of intimacy, sexuality, and care; affect, gender, and labour; racialized sexualities; everyday experiences of marginalization; care & cognitive disability; visual anthropology.


I am a sociocultural anthropologist working primarily in Brazil and recently also in Quebec. I am interested in the political economy and governance of care, sexuality, and intimacy, as well as in various scales and spaces of political engagements around gender and sexuality. I have conducted ethnographic research on sex tourism in Natal, in the northeast of Brazil, including research on questions around the racialized, gendered political economy of love, practices of transnational mobility, and intimate negotiations between Brazilian women and European men against a backdrop of social inequalities. As part of this work, I have also examined the mobilization of public emotions and affective logics in campaigns against sex trafficking and sex tourism, including during the 2014 World Cup in Natal, campaigns which too often, have led to patterns of urban exclusion.

I also have a longstanding interest in visual anthropology, and in particular, in the possibilities of ethnography in graphic form. In collaboration with Dr. William Flynn, who has adapted my research into a visual story, and Débora Santos, a Brazilian illustrator, I have turned my ethnography of sex tourism into a graphic form, with Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil (forthcoming 2020).

More recently, I have also begun to examine the intersections between the political economy of care and cognitive disability across various sites of caring in Quebec, with the long-term aim of documenting the enactment of various regimes of everyday care and socio-material experiences of giving and receiving care.


At the undergraduate level, I commonly teach courses such as Anthropology of Gender, Visual Anthropology, and Ethnography of Brazil. At the graduate level, I have taught our core doctoral seminar, our doctoral thesis-writing seminar, as well as courses engaging the intersections between sex, love, and globalization.

Graduate supervision

I am cross-appointed with the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as with the Institute of Political Economy. I commonly supervise graduate students interested in a wide range of topics, especially but not exclusively relating to the broadly-defined field of the anthropology of gender, as well as in interdisciplinary fields engaging sexual and gender politics. I also welcome inquiries about specific areas of supervision. See below for a list of my past students’ thesis topics:

Completed supervision

Sheridan Conty (MA Anthropology 2019) The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A Counter-Archive (co-supervision with Zoe Todd)

Veronica Vicencio Diaz (MA Anthropology 2018) Gender and sexual fluidity in Veracruz, Mexico

Morgan Rochon (MA Sociology 2017) Unwrapping the “Truth”: The Perversion of Personal Narratives in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns

Kayleigh Thompson (MA Political Economy 2017) ‘A war for a foreign woman’: Gender, power and economic tension in Negril

Katherine Van Meyl (MA Sociology 2014) On the Separation of Personal and Professional: Sex, Work, Law, the Girlfriend Experience and the Interpersonal Relationships of Independent Escorts (co-supervision with Alexis Shotwell)

Melanie Rickert (MA Anthropology 2014) Propaganda? What Propaganda?: Discourse, Identity, and Queer Activism in St-Petersburg, Russia

Selected publications

(forthcoming) Brazil’s dramatic losses: City-staging, spectacular security, and the problem of sex tourism during the 2014 World Cup in Natal, Brazil. City and Society

2019 (in press). ‘A Red Card against Sex Tourism’: Sex Panics, Public Emotions and the 2014 World Cup in Natal, Brazil. Feminist Formations 31(2): 125-154

2018. ‘I have to feel something’: Gringo Love in the Sexual Economy of Tourism in Natal, Brazil. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 23 (1): 131-151

2015. ‘Putting Femininity to Work’: Negotiating Hypersexuality and Respectability in Sex Tourism, Brazil. Sexualities 18(4): 499-518

2013. Saving Women or (Re)inscribing Exclusion? New Protagonists in the Public Spaces of Sex Tourism in Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism and Ethnography. Eds. Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole with Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan and Erica Lagalisse. Pp. 48-75. London. Pluto Press.

With Cole Sally, Lynne Phillips, and Erica Lagalisse. 2013. A Pedagogical Conversation: Public Scholars and Public Scholarship in Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism and Ethnography. Eds. L. Phillips and S. Cole with M-E C-Moisan and E. Lagalisse. Pp. 138-148. London. Pluto Press.