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
, has a forthcoming co-authored book with former students Brandon Andrew Robinson and Cristina Khan (Race and Sexuality - Polity, 2018), and is currently completing his book manuscript about race, gender and sexuality 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
. Outside the discipline, he has collaborated with AU's Center on Latin American and Latino Studies
, 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