Emmanuel David is assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies and co-director of the LGBTQ Certificate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a qualitative sociologist with specializations in gender, culture, and inequality. His current research, based on fieldwork conducted as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar, focuses on transgender workplace experiences in the global call center industry in the Philippines. His essay, "Purple-Collar Labor," has been published in Gender & Society (2015). Another article, "The Sexual Fields of Empire: On the Ethnosexual Frontiers of Global Outsourcing," appears in Radical History Review (2015). A third article from the project, "Outsourced Heroes and Queer Incorporations," can be found in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2016).
His previous work on the gendered dimensions of disaster has appeared in several journals and books. Drawing on fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, he investigated the ways in which disaster-related emergent groups, including those led by women, have provided important social and public services usually assumed by the state in non-crisis times. He has also examined how women’s post-disaster labor is linked to broader social and economic changes such as state restructuring, neoliberal reform, and the privatization of post-disaster recovery. He is editor (with Elaine Enarson) of the interdisciplinary anthology The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012).