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Don Kulick

Don Kulick
Born (1960-09-05) 5 September 1960
Alma mater Stockholm University
Main interests
cultural and linguistic anthropology
Major works
Travesti: sex, gender, and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes

Don Kulick (born 5 September 1960),[1] is Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University in Sweden. Kulick works within the frameworks of both cultural and linguistic anthropology, and has carried out field work in Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Italy and Sweden.


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Selected publications 3
  • Further reading 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Kulick received his B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Lund University in Sweden in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stockholm University in 1990.


Previous academic positions include both Stockholm and Linköping Universities. He was previously a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, before becoming a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. He has been considered one of Sweden's foremost queer theorists and was influential in introducing queer theory to Sweden.

Selected publications


  • Kulick, Don (1992). Language shift and cultural reproduction: socialization, self, and syncretism in a Papua New Guinean village. Cambridge England New York: Cambridge University Press.  
  • Kulick, Don; Willson, Margaret (1995). Taboo: sex, identity, and erotic subjectivity in anthropological fieldwork. London New York: Routledge.  
  • Kulick, Don;  
  • Kulick, Don (1998). Travesti: sex, gender, and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  
  • Kulick, Don; Meneley, Anne (2005). Fat: the anthropology of an obsession. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.  
  • Kulick, Don (2005). Queersverige [Queer Sweden]. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur.  
  • Kulick, Don;  
  • Kulick, Don; Rydström, Jens (2015). Loneliness and its opposite: sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.  

Chapters in books

  • Kulick, Don; Stroud, Christopher (1993), "Conceptions and uses of literacy in a Papua New Guinean village", in  
  • Kulick, Don (2010), "Humorless lesbians", in  

Journal articles

  • Kulick, Don; Stroud, Christopher (June 1990). "Christianity, cargo and ideas of self: patterns of literacy in a Papua New Guinean Village". Pdf.  
  • Kulick, Don (September 1997). "The gender of Brazilian transgendered prostitutes". Pdf.  
  • Kulick, Don (October 2000). "Gay and lesbian language". Pdf.  
  • Kulick, Don (April 2003). "No". Language & Communication ( Pdf.  
  • Kulick, Don (December 2008). "Gender politics". Pdf.  

Further reading



  1. ^ "Kulick, Don". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 February 2015. data sheet (b. Sept. 5, 1960) 

External links

  • Faculty Profile - University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development
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