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Edgar Rivera-Colon,

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies
Director of Gender and Sexuality

About Dr. Rivera Colón

Dr. Rivera Colón is a medical anthropologist who trains frontline African American and Latino/a HIV/AIDS activists in the use of ethnographic research methods in developing community-level interventions. He is one of the co-authors of Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine(Oxford University Press 2017).

For the last fifteen years, he has been conducting ethnographic research on New York City’s House Ball community. He is an expert on Latino gay and bisexual male sexual cultures and HIV and regularly trains public health professionals in cultural competency in working with Latino/a LGBTQ communities.

Dr. Rivera Colón published “Between the Runway & the Empty Tomb: Bodily Transformation and Christian Praxis in New York City’s House Ball Community” in an edited volume by Dr. Samuel Cruz entitled Christianity and Culture in the City: A Postcolonial Approach. He is now working on a co-edited volume entitled Queer Latino/a Theologies and the Churches.

Career & Accomplishments


  • Rutgers University, M.A., Ph.D.

  • Fordham University, B.A.

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