Robert’s research lies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and social change. His first book, AIDS and Masculinity in the African City,examines how the AIDS epidemic has shaped African masculinities.
Beyond his interest in global health, Robert has examined the global dimensions of human rights and feminist activism, including how women’s rights are articulated and reformulated in African contexts. He has also explored the cultural significance of the Asian martial arts in African-American communities in Chicago.
His current project focuses on the rise of China as a new force in African development. This work brings a distinctive ethnographic perspective to how Chinese development is shaping gender relations and the lives of men and women in Africa. This research was recently awarded a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.