Ghassan Moussawi

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Research Interests

Transnational Gender and Sexualities; Race and Ethnicity; Queer Theory; Queer of Color Critique; Urban Studies; Feminist Theory and Methods; Transnational Mobility; Affect; Qualitative and Interpretive Methods. 


Ph.D., Rutgers University

Honors & Awards

Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar 2019-21

Faculty Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research on the Humanities 2019-20

GWS Outstanding Faculty Award 2018-19

Humanities Release Time, University of Illinois, 2018-19

Honorable Mention for Best Faculty Research, Institute for Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 2018
Faculty Partner in Excellence Award, LGBT Resource Center, University of Illinois, 2018

Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018-rated as outstanding, Spring 2019-rated as outstanding)

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, 2015

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2014

Graduate Fellowship at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, 2014-15

Harry C. Bredemeier Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, 2014


Multiracial Democracy Grant, University of Illinois, 2018


SOC 225: Race and Ethnicity
SOC 396: Sexuality and Society
SOC 596: Gender and Sexuality
GWS 580: Queer Theories & Methods
GWS 202: Sexualities

Office Address

3078 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

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Research Output

Queer exceptionalism and exclusion: Cosmopolitanism and inequalities in ‘Gay-friendly’ Beirut

Moussawi, G., Jan 1 2018, In : Sociological Review. 66, 1, p. 174-190 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Review: J. Puri's Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Antisodomy Law in India. Duke University Press, 2016.

    Moussawi, G. & Khalil, H., May 21 2018, In : Gender & Society. 32, 6, p. 917-919

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Not "Straight" but Still a "Man": Negotiating Non-Heterosexual Masculinities in Beirut

    Moussawi, G., Jul 5 2016, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies. Seidman, S. & Fisher, N. L. (eds.). 3 ed. New York: Routledge, p. 152-159

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter