Brian Riedel received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rice in 2005 and was hired by CSWGS in 2008 to manage an undergraduate research program, the Seminar and Practicum in Engaged Research. His own research and teaching interests include: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer social movements; these movements' complex relationships to feminism and feminist studies; oral and archival history preservation; community engaged research; and the concepts of place and collective memory. Geographically, his work has focused on modern Greece, Europe, and the United States. His work has been published in the Journal of Mediterranean Studies, CITE: the Architecture and Design Review of Houston, and in the anthologies AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men (University of Florida Press, 2010) and Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space (Duke University Press, 2009).
He has three research projects in process, two of which take advantage of GIS to examine the historical connections of place and sexuality. One project examines the histories of the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas, and the uses to which they are put. The animated map below is part of that project, charting businesses in Houston that catered to queer community from 1945 to 2015.
The second project, conducted in collaboration with Rice Century Scholar Cameron Wallace and supported by the Resilient Networks Grant from 2017-2018, documents Houston's formal red-light district known as the "reservation," which operated from 1908 to 1917.
A third engaged research project assists the Society for the Second Self with a national survey of male crossdressers in the United States about their life satisfaction and social support.