Our Board of Directors



                                   IASSCS Board of Directors


The IASSCS Board of Directors is formed by five members of regional representation, and is elected every two years by the General Assembly. The board election process aims to ensure regional representation among the Board of Directors and guarantee new leadership over time.

We are glad to introduce the members of the new Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 period.

Gilbert Herdt – Chair

Dr. Gilbert Herdt is a cultural anthropologist, Professor and Founder of the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, also Director Emeritus of the National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC), created with major support from the Ford Foundation in 2002. Previously he has taught at Stanford University (1979-1985) and the University of Chicago (1985-1998), where he was Professor and Chair of the Committee on Human Development. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam (1993-4), University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, and the Australian National University. He founded the Center on Culture and Mental Health at the University of Chicago and received major NIMH funding to train two cohorts of pre and post-doctoral students, including many who were LGBT scholars. Gil has conducted major fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (1974-1993), Chicago (1986-1989), and the Bay Area of California (2000-01) on issues of sexual orientation development and policy change.  Herdt’s work on the Sambia of Papua New Guinea was among the first major foundational works on sexual identity in the field of anthropology. He has published 37 books and edited scientific anthologies, monographs, and some 104 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, and scholarly reports. Dr. Herdt was Professor and Founding Director of the new Graduate Program in Human Sexuality at the California Institute for Integral Studies, where he continues to teach in the graduate program.  He is the co-editor most recently of Basic Terms in Gender and Sexuality, edited by Catherine Stimpson and Gilbert Herdt (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).


Corina Straatsma - Vice Chair

Regional Director, HIVOS Foundation
Corina is an anthropologist (Free University and University of Amsterdam), with a specialization on political anthropology, feminist studies and Latin America studies. She has worked for the Anne Frank Foundation and has been regional director for Hivos for respectively Central America, Southern Africa and currently South America for over the past 22 years. In the three regions she has developed region specific Hivos policies on HIV, gender, sexual rights and diversity, and abortion. During her sabbatical year (2000), she made an award winning documentary on abortion (opinions, facts, cases) in Central America. Corina writes regular blogs for the Hivos webpage.





Zowie Davy

Zowie Davy PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln, UK. Zowie’s work centers on quality improvements in healthcare. She currently works on projects looking at sexuality and gender based curricula content for medical health and social care students, gender based violence on campus, and critically examining sexological expertise regarding transgender bodily aesthetics and embodiment. Zowie has published a number of articles about transgender embodiment and was the co-editor of Bound and Unbound: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities (2009, Cambridge Scholars Press). Another book entitled Recognizing Transsexuals: Personal, Political and Medicolegal Embodiment, explores how the bodies of transpeople are figured and reconfigured in socio, politico and medico-legal contexts. The book was awarded the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams’ memorial prize 2012. Zowie was the co-founder and coordinator of the British Sociological Association’s Gender Study Group and is a coordinator of the European Sociological Association’s Sexuality Research Network. Collaborating with international colleagues she developed the first European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH) conference (social science stream), which housed activists, practitioners and academics. Zowie’s political activism is situated within the areas of health and social care. She belongs to a number of gender and sexuality based organizations and works extensively with National Health Service representatives, patient forums, and members of parliament to ‘lobby’ for equality of recognition, health, rights and legal change.


Saskia Wieringa

University of Amsterdam, Professor of Women's Same-Sex Relations. Saskia is a honorary Professor at the University of Amsterdam, holding the Chair on Women’s Same-Sex Relations Crossculturally. She is also the co-founder and presently secretary of the Kartini Asia Network. Since the late 1970s she has done research on women’s movements, sexual politics and same-sex relations in many parts of the world, particularly in Indonesia. She has helped set up women’s studies programmes in the Caribbean, Namibia, the Sudan and Bangladesh. She wrote and (co-) edited more than 30 books and over 200 articles. Her latest book include The Future of Asian Feminisms (2012, co-edited with Nursyahbani Katjasungkana); Sexual Politics in the Global South (2013, co-edited with Horacio Sívori) and Family ambiguity and domestic violence in Asia: concept, law and process (2013, co-edited with Maznah Mohamad). Most recently, she authored a monograph on heteronormativity in Asia (2015 Sussex Academic Press). Saskia received various awards for her scholarly work. She is preparing a monograph on the propaganda campaign that led to the post-October 1965 genocide and mass killings in Indonesia. Other research projects focus on women’s same-sex relations in historical perspective in Indonesia  and on the post-1965 violence in East Java. She is the chair of the Foundation IPT 1965 which concerns a People’s Tribunal on the Indonesian post -1965 crimes against humanity.


Ryan Thoreson

City University of New York, Scholar in Residence, Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

Ryan Thoreson is the Scholar in Residence at the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York. He holds a DPhil in anthropology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. He is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).