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Megan Sinnott

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Megan Sinnott

    1008 Urban Life Building
    Core faculty, Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002



Megan Sinnott’s main research interests have been the configurations of sexuality and gender in Thailand, specifically female same-sex relations and transgenderism.   Topics on which she has written include Thai nationalism and the state’s policies and discourses on sexuality and transgenderism, non-governmental organizations and activism, Buddhist narratives of karma and morality, and the sexual and gendered identities of “tom” and “dee.” She has spent approximately nine years in Thailand studying and conducting research on these topics.  Her new interest is ghost and spirit stories and how these narratives emerge and circulate within particular historical and political contexts.   Before coming to Georgia State, she taught anthropology and women’s studies at Mahidol and Thammasat universities in Thailand, University of Colorado-Boulder and Yale University.


Fields of Study

Asian Studies, gender and sexuality in Thailand, LGBTQ Studies, leftist history, nationalisms and sexualities, Thai Buddhism and ghost narratives.


Courses Taught

  • Sexuality and Gender in Asia
  • Nationalism and Sexuality
  • Feminist Theories
  • Feminist Methodologies


Select Publications

·       2011. "The Language of Rights, Deviance and Pleasure: Organizational Responses to Discourses of Same-Sex Sexuality and Transgenderism in Thailand". In Peter Jackson (ed.). Queer Bangkok. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp. 205-228.

·        2010. "Border, Diaspora and Regional Connections: Trends in Asian 'Queer' Studies," Journal of Asian Studies. 69(1). February, 2010:17-31.

·        2009. “Public Sex: The Geography of Female Homoeroticism and the (In)Visibility of Female Sexualities.” In Ellen Lewin and William Leap (eds.). Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian / Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Wiley Blackwell.

·        2008. “The Romance of the Queer: The Sexual and Gender Norms of Tom and Dee in Thailand.” In Peter Jackson and Fran Martin (eds.). Asia/Pacific Queer. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

·        2007. “Gender Subjectivity: Dees and Toms in Thailand.” In Abha Bhaiya, Evelyn Blackwood, and Saskia E. Wieringa (eds.). Women’s Sexualities and Masculinities in a Globalizing Asia. New York: Palgrave.

·        Toms and Dees: Female Same Sex Sexuality and Transgender Identity in Thailand. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

·        Winner of 2005 Ruth Benedict Prize for best monograph, SOLGA, American Anthropological Association.


Community and Professional Service

·        Advisory board for the Queer Asia book series, Hong Kong University Press.

·        Co-editor of the Association for Feminist Anthropology column in Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association. (March 2004 – November 2006).

·        Board member of Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association (Spring 2005-Fall 2006). Selection Committee member, 2005 Ruth Benedict Prize, SOLGA, American Anthropological Association (Chair of committee in 2006)