Welcome to the History of Masculinity Project, a long-term research initiative advancing the study of men and masculinity from a strictly historical perspective.


Please do not read or view this website if frank discussion and explicit images involving masculinity and the male body are likely to trigger, offend, or otherwise discomfit you.

The Masculine Gaze

For over two millennia, Western man did not have a sex. Conceived as an ideal political and rational being, he subjected others to inspection via the masculine gaze.

Reversing the Gaze

The History of Masculinity Project reverses the gaze, looking at men as men, not abstract political ideals—men embodying concrete forms of sex, gender, sexuality.

14th Aug

Hawaiian Masculinity

This journey marks my first visit to the islands of Hawai'i and my third to the islands of the Pacific.

01st Aug

White Man’s Muscles

What do muscles say about the the white male Westerner? On the fusion of body culture and politics.

01st Aug

Augustus Caesar and Empire

The rise of Augustus Caesar transformed Rome and, thereby, the course of the Western world.

30th Jul

Got Masculinity?

‘Men and masculinity are in crisis.’ Oft heard since the 1960s, such alarmism is rising again in light of deepening political and economic instability in the US.

30th Jul

Plato in Folsom Prison

I'm honored to announce I've been published in Political Theory, the leading journal in the field, on masculinity and the Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver.

30th Jul

Article ➤ Xenophon contra Plato

I'm honored to announce I've been published in Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought.

30th Jul

Manuscript ➤ Alcibiades Undone

Does classical political thought emerge in tandem with queer theory? A synopsis of my first book manuscript.

30th Jul

Manuscript ➤ Politics of the Phallus

Often considered the birthplace of the West, in Athens the phallus reigned. Excerpts from my book.

24th Jul

Course ➤ Sex and Politics

'War is politics by other means,' a German military theorist famously declared. Is politics sex by other means?

24th Jul

Course ➤ The Birth of Biopolitics

Biopolitics is a vitally important concept. Witness the rise of biometric security mechanisms, cyborg war-fighting technologies, and genetic modification.

23rd Jul


My research has been published in Political Theory and Polis and spans the classical Greek and contemporary American worlds.

23rd Jul


I teach courses in political science on classical and modern political ideas and ideologies; sex, gender, and sexuality; and indigenous and queer politics.

23rd Jul


I have received a number of coveted awards for research, teaching, and writing from institutions including the Huntington Library, Princeton, and Harvard.

22nd Jul

Course ➤ Indigenous Politics and Theory

In this course we investigate contemporary encounters between political theory and indigenous politics.

22nd Jul

Course ➤ Global Queer Politics and Theory

In this course we explore, in a global context, the politics and theories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, and indigenous two-spirit persons.