Melissa Hackman


Visiting Lecturer

25 Park Place, Room 2208


[email protected]


Core faculty, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., 2011, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Melissa Hackman’s work examines transformations in gender and sexual norms, practices, and subjectivities in South Africa. Her book Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in Democratic South Africa (forthcoming from Duke University Press) is an ethnography of a Pentecostal “ex-gay” ministry in Cape Town, Africa’s “gay capital.”

Her second project examines women’s sexual pleasure and sexual health in contemporary South Africa. She is interested in how democracy creates and restricts new conditions for sexual, gendered, and racial self-making.

Fields of study
Anthropology, Pentecostalism, sexuality, South Africa

Select Publications
2016 “Desire Work: The Production of Heterosexuality among South African Pentecostal Gay Men.” Ethnos. 81:3.

2015 “A Sinful Landscape: Moral and Sexual Geographies in Cape Town, South Africa” Social Analysis. 59:3.

2013 “‘Ex-Gay’ Subjectivities: Tracking Cultural Convergences in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” In Sybille Nyeck and Marc Epprecht (eds.) Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press