Associate Director, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women


Office Location

345 Fisher Bennett Hall
Suite 342

Phone: 215-898-0795

Anne Esacove brings both academic and not-for-profit experience to her position as Associate Director of the Alice Paul Center. Her research explores how health promotion efforts and social movements attempt to create meaning about and control bodies, sexuality, and gender. Anne received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan and Master Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Anne Esacove comes to the Alice Paul Center with a number of years of experience teaching sociology and gender studies, as well as professional experience at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and the Seattle-King County Public Health Department. She is particularly committed to developing programming which bridges research and practice (broadly defined). Anne is the author of Modernizing Sexuality. U.S. HIV-Prevention Policy in Sub-Saharan African, based on research funded by a Fulbright African Regional Research grant and Social Science Research Council Sexuality and Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her current research examines the natural death movement (e.g., home funerals, green burial), with a focus on the corpse. A self-admitted research methods geek, Anne has taught Qualitative Research Methods in the social work and public health masters programs, and she is an Associate Fellow at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives.


Recent Publications:

2016  Modernizing Sexuality. U.S. HIV-Prevention Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming  “Caring for the corpse: Embodied transgression and transformation in the home funeral movement,” in Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations. Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan (eds.) Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

2013  “Good sex / Bad sex. The individualised focus of U.S. global HIV-prevention policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1995-2005.” Sociology of Health & Illness, 35(1): 33-48.

2012  “The right to say no. Gender empowerment in U.S. global HIV-prevention policy,” in Understanding Global Sexualities. New Frontiers. Peter Aggleton, Paul Boyce, Henrietta L. Moore, and Richard Parker (eds.) New York: Routledge.

2010  “Love matches. Heteronormativity, modernity and AIDS prevention in Malawi.” Gender & Society, 24(1): 83-109.


Selected Publications