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My research focuses on the intersection of local transformations; global processes; and structures of inequalities surrounding issues of sexuality, particularly gender, sexual and reproductive health, regulation, courtship and romance, and marriage. Using ethnographic and historical methods and critical theory, my research in eastern Uganda focuses on how regimes of regulation and discourses of sexuality have shifted since independence and, more recently, during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Theoretical questions revolve around how differentiated actors appropriate increasingly accessible, yet often contradictory, images and discourses of sexuality into their everyday debates, conversations, and ideas of sexual relationships. I highlight the ways in which various state, family, health, and local agents attempt to regulate meanings of sexuality and how such struggles are connected to increased anxiety stimulated by sexual health concerns, commercialization of the local economy, and Uganda's connection to global cultural flows. My current work examines youth romance as written in their love letters, and attempts to regulate sexuality through the age of consent law. I pay particular attention to the articulations of historic inequalities such as sex, age, and class in sexual relationships.
In my fieldwork I integrate ethnographic research methods with active research techniques. By doing so, I enter into dialogue with debates about the role of anthropology in public health and anthropological critiques of development. I have begun further research on infidelity and HIV transmission and the social history of sexuality in rural post-colonial Uganda. Broadly speaking, I am interested in sexual and reproductive health issues, and regimes of sexuality.
My courses cross into African and Afro-American Studies, Women's Studies, International and Area Studies, Social Thought and Analysis, and the History and Philosophy of Science
2016. Regulating Romance: Youth Love Letters, Moral Anxiety, and Intervention in Uganda’s Time of AIDS. Vanderbilt University Press.
2010. J. S. Hirsch, H. Wardlow, D. J. Smith, H. M. Phinney, S. Parikh and C. A. Nathanson. The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV. Vanderbilt University Press.
2013. From “Private” Affairs to “Public” Scandals: The Modern Woman’s Challenge to Husband’s Infidelities in Uganda. In Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, eds. Caroline Brettell and Carolyn Sargent, 6th edition. New York: Prentice Hall Press.
2012. ‘They Arrested Me for Loving a Schoolgirl’: Ethnography, HIV, and Assessing the Age of Consent as a Gender-based Macro-level Structural Intervention in Uganda. Social Science and Medicine, 74(11):1774-82
2008. Beyond the Structure vs. Agency Debate in Sexual Decision-Making: Love Letters, Youth Romance and Condoms in Uganda. In Dorothy Roberts and Rhoda Reddick (eds.) Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS: The Caribbean and Beyond. Ian Randle Publishers: Kingston, Jamaica.
2007. The Political Economy of Marital HIV Risk in Uganda: The ABC Approach, Unintended Risk, and 'Safe' Infidelity. American Journal of Public Health 97( 7): 1198-1208.
2007. Age of Consent Law and Moral Order: The Criminalization of Youth Sexual Relationships in Uganda. In Carolyn M. Elliott (ed.) Global Empowerment of Women: Responses to Globalization and Politicized Religions. New York: Routledge. Pages 303-326.
2005 From Auntie to Disco: The Bifurcation of Risk and Pleasure in Sex Education in Uganda. In Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective, V. Adams and S. L. Pigg (eds). Durham: Duke University Press, p 125-158.
2004 Sex, Lies and Love Letters: Condoms, Female Agency, and Paradoxes of Romance in Uganda. In Agenda: African Feminisms, Special Issue "Sexualities/Sexuality in Africa," 62, Vol 2/1:2-20.
2004 Sugar Daddies and Sexual Citizenship in Uganda: Rethinking 3rd Wave Feminism. In Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noir, 6, 1:82-107.
2003 'Don't tell your sister or anyone that you love me': Considering the Effects of Adult Regulation on Adolescent Sexual Subjectivities in Uganda's Time of AIDS. In Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS: Research and Intervention in Africa, B. Pinkowsky Tersbøl (ed). Institute of Public Health , University of Copenhagen.
Honors, Awards, and Acknowledgments
Love Letters, Intervention and HIV in Uganda. 2015. Tedx Gateway Arch talk.
Board chair, Planned Parenthood - St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. 2014.
Love, Risk, and HIV. 2013. A&S Magazine article on Parikh’s research.
Through Anthropological Lenses. 2011. The Source article on Parikh's research.
Washington People YouTube Video. 2011
Tenured professor overcomes obstacles of race and gender. 2010.
Marital Sex and HIV Risk for Women Worldwide. 2010. The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV - a summary of findings from an NIH-supported multi-site study
Fulbright U.S. Scholars Programs Highlight. 2004-2005
The AIDS Epidemic: Inequalities, Ethnography, and Ethics (L48 4143)
Freshman Seminar: Contextualizing Problems in Contemporary Africa (L90 AFAS 162)
Sex, Gender, and Power (L48 Anthro 4363)
Gender, Sexuality, and Change in Africa (L90 AFAS 409, fulfills Writing Intensive requirement)
Community-Based Learning Courses
Interrogating Health, Race, and Inequalities: Public Health, Medical Anthropology, and History (I50 InterD 4001)
Sexual Health and the City: A Community-Based Learning Course (L90 AFAS 406)