Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender Studies:
Anthropology and Pembroke Center
Phone: +1 401 863 3251
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz 2011; M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), Harvard Divinity School 2002; B.A. Temple University 2000
Dr. Hackman's work examines transformations in gender and sexual norms, practices, and subjectivities in the post-apartheid period. Her first project was an ethnography of a Pentecostal "ex-gay" and sexual addiction ministry in Cape Town, Africa's "gay capital." Ex-gays believe that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian values and theology and that they can heal their same-sex desires through spiritual, therapeutic, and bodily discipline and performance. Dr. Hackman is currently working on a book manuscript based on this work entitled Born Again Masculinity: "Ex-Gay" and Pentecostal Identities in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Her second project examines women's sexual pleasure in contemporary South Africa, specifically how black, coloured, and white middle-class South African women are transforming dominant conversations about sex and intimate relationships. She intends to trace the ways that sexual desire is politicized and if a focus on sexual pleasure in women's personal lives helps them create new positions in the democratic nation.
Dr. Hackman teaches courses on gender and sexuality, African studies, and anthropological theory and methods.