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Biography: Matthew Gutmann

- By Wits University

As Vice-President of Brown University, Professor Matthew Gutmann has led the University’s efforts to build collaborations and exchanges with leading institutions around the world. He has the responsibility of recruiting top faculty and students from across the globe, and overseeing major internationalisation programmes. 

As a scholar, he has an international reputation in the fields of democracy and social change; poverty, inequality, and development; health; and gender. 

He has published books and articles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Turkish. 

These include:

  • The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City;
  • The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Mexico City;
  • Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America;
  • Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control and AIDS in Mexico;
  • and with Catherine Lutz: Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Speak out against the War. 

Most of his ethnographic research has been conducted in Mexico, although he has also conducted collaborative research on United Nations Peacekeepers in Haiti and Lebanon. 

Gutmann has a Master’s in Public Health, and in 2008 he won the Eileen Basker Memorial Award for the best scholarly study on gender and health. 

He has also served as a visiting professor in France, Mexico, and Spain and has worked in  Latin America for the last two decades. His undergraduate major was in modern and classical Chinese.

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