Amin Ghaziani

Wall Scholar




Department of Sociology





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Amin Ghaziani

Amin Ghaziani is Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

He researches topics that range from measurement to mobilization, the metropolis, and modes of inequality. Despite this diversity, Prof. Ghaziani consistently investigates how changing societal attitudes and public opinions about sexuality affect its cultural, political, and spatial expressions. He uses this general line of thinking to contribute to theoretical conversations in urban sociology, culture, the sociology of sexualities, and social movements.

Primary Recipient Awards

Amin Ghaziani – Wall Scholars – 2014

During his time in residence, Dr. Ghaziani hopes to enhance the status of sexuality as a central node for intellectual inquiry and exchange at the Peter Wall Institute. “Sexuality” is a word that we use all the time, of course, but our ubiquity of usage does not signal unanimity over what we think it means. Many of us still regard it as a personal and private matter. We see sexuality as a natural, timeless biological force, and an intimate, irreducibly individual set of feelings and desires that pertain to our libidos, moralities, subjectivities, erotic interests, and bodily pleasures. Yet sexuality is also profoundly public.
Dr. Ghaziani plans to complete a contracted book manuscript that showcases some of the ways in which sexuality is a social artifact: it is the site of ongoing conflict and contest, a crucible where our psychological states are transformed into collective expressions, and a mode of stratification that scholars often overlook, given our preoccupation with race, gender, and economic class.

Amin Ghaziani – Early Career Scholars – 2012

Co-Principal Investigator Awards

James Joseph Dean – International Visiting Research Scholars – 2016