Associate Professor, Anthropology Graduate Program Coordinator
|Degrees:||Ph.D. (British Columbia)|
|Phone:||613-250-2600 x 3724|
|Office:||D795 Loeb Building|
Areas of Interest
Feminist anthropology; political economy/governance of care, sexuality, and intimacy; affect and emotion; gender and sexual politics; sex tourism, sex work, sexual labour; transnational mobility; infrastructures of care & disability; visual-multimodal 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 ways of engaging various publics through more accessible modes, 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 graphic narrative form, with Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil.
More recently, I have also begun to examine the intersections between the political economy of care and disability across various sites of caring in Quebec, with the long-term aim of documenting the enactment of various regimes of medical and educational care and socio-material experiences of care. I am currently working on a collaborative research project with Dr. Laurence Simard-Gagnon on the infrastructure and bureaucracies of school transportation, and its relationships to economies of abandonment in the educational care of intellectually disabled and autistic students.
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.
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:
Lauren Montgomery (PhD Sociology 2021) “Carceral Harm Reduction”: A Critical Analysis of the Municipal Licensing of Body Rub Centres in Edmonton, Alberta
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
With William Flynn and Débora Santos. 2020. Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil. University Press of Toronto.
2020. 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 32(3): 530-555
2019. ‘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.
Blog post, podcast and social media
With William Flynn and Débora Santos, hosted by Phil Primeau. Gringo Love – a conversation. The Department Podcast.
Carrier-Moisan M.E. 2018. Anthropology otherwise: thoughts on a graphic novel experiment. Blog Post in two parts on website of Teaching Culture.