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Denise Brennan, Georgetown University

Denise Brennan

Denise Brennan is a cultural anthropologist whose research is informed by three concerns: migration, gender and labor. While these topics may be pursued across disciplines, anthropologists’ ethnographic methods enable Dr. Brennan to analyze their local contexts as they connect to larger forces of change. Her research illuminates urgent human rights concerns such as trafficking, women’s poverty, and migrant labor exploitation. She is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Brennan’s current book project builds on her activities as both a researcher and an activist on issues related to women’s work and women’s migration in the global economy.

 

Professor Brennan's Publications

Books

Brennan, Denise. Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Lab or in the United States. Duke  University Press, 2014.

Brennan, Denise. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Articles in journals

Brennan, Denise. “Ending Forced Labor by Securing Immigrant Workers’ Rights .” Centerpoint, The Newsletter of the Woodrow Wilson Center (2010). Ending Forced Labor by Securing Immigrant Workers’ Rights Wilson Center

Brennan, Denise. “Thoughts on Finding and Assisting Individuals in Forced Labor in the USA.” Sexualities 13.2 (2010): 139-152.

Brennan, Denise. “Key Issues in the Resettlement of Formerly Trafficked Persons in the United States.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Special Edition: “Trafficking in Sex and Labor: Domestic and International Responses. 158.6 (2010): 1581-1608.

Brennan, Denise. “Competing Claims of Victimhood?: Foreign and Domestic ’Victims’ of Trafficking in the United States.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 5.4 (2008): 45-61. Competing Claims of Victimhood Foreign and Domestic ’Victims’ of Trafficking to the United States

Brennan, Denise. “Methodological Challenges in Research on Human Trafficking: Tales from the Field.” International Migration 43.1/2 (2005): 35-54. Methodological Challenges in Research on Human Trafficking: Tales from the Field

Brennan, Denise. “Women Work, Men Sponge and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in A Sex Tourist Town.” Anthropological Quarterly 77.4 (2004): 705-33. Women Work, Men Sponge and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in A Sex Tourist Town

Brennan, Denise. “Tourism in Transnational Places: Dominican Sex Workers and German Sex Tourists Imagine One Another.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 7.4 (2001): 621-663. Tourism in Transnational Places

Articles in books

Brennan, Denise. “Sex Tourism and Women’s Economic Opportunities in a Globalized Economy.” Sex For Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry. Second Edition. Ed. Ronald Weitzer. New York and London: Routledge, 2009.

Brennan, Denise. “Love Work in Sex Work (and After): Performing at Love.” Between Love and Sex: Intimacies in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Ed. William Jankowiak. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

Brennan, Denise. “Love Work in a Tourist Town: Dominican Sex Workers and Resort Workers Perform at Love.” Love and Globalization: Transformations of Intimacy in the Contemporary World. Ed. Padilla, Mark B. et al.. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2007.

Brennan, Denise. “When Sex Tourists and Sex Workers Meet: Encounters within Sosúa, the Dominican Republic’s Sexscape.” Tourists and Tourism. Ed. Sharon Gmelch. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 2003.

Brennan, Denise. “Selling Sex for Visas: Sex Tourism as Stepping Stone to International Migration for Dominican Women.” Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Ed. Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2002.

Brennan, Denise. “Globalization, Women’s Labor and Men’s Pleasure: Sex Tourism in Sosúa, the Dominican Republic.” Urban Life: Readings in Urban Anthropology. Ed. George Gmelch and Walter P. Zenner. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 2002.

 

Related posts:

  1. Women Work, Men Sponge, and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in a Sex Tourist Town by Denise Brennan
  2. Tourism in Transnational Places: Dominican Sex Workers and German Sex Tourists Imagine One Another by Denise Brennan
  3. Methodological Challenges with Research in Trafficked Persons by Denise Brennan
  4. Ending Forced Labor by Securing Immigrant Workers’ Rights by Denise Brennan
  5. Competing Claims of Victimhood? Foreign and Domestic Victims of Trafficking in the United States by Denise Brennan