Juan Battle is coordinator of the GC’s Africana Studies Certificate Program. His research focuses on race, sexuality, and social justice. He is the coeditor of Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (2010); he has also authored dozens of book chapters, academic articles, and encyclopedia entries. Battle has delivered lectures at a multitude of universities, colleges, community-based organizations, and funding agencies throughout the world, and his scholarship has included work throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
His work has been highlighted in popular national magazines, radio shows, and newspapers, among them Black Entertainment Television (BET), Essence, and the Advocate. He currently heads the Social Justice Sexuality initiative—a project exploring the lived experiences of Black, Latina/o, and Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Battle was recently a Fulbright Senior Specialist and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria; he is currently an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former president of the Association of Black Sociologists and is actively involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA).
In 2002, Arise magazine named him one of the top “Ten Black Men Transforming the World.” Battle’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and the Arcus Foundation. He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Contemporary Sociology, Journal of African American Studies, Sociological Quarterly, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Negro Education, and the Journal of Poverty. He received his A.S. and B.S. from York College of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.