Dr. Shawn Schulenberg, assistant professor of political science, director of graduate studies for political science and interim director of the interdisciplinary program in sexuality studies, is the coauthor of a recently published book, Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America, published by Lexington Books. The other coauthors were Jason Pierceson and Adriana Piatti-Crocker.
A follow-up volume to Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships, which was published in 2010, Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America sheds light on regional, national, and individual-level factors that have led to major developments for same-sex relationship equality in Latin America and explores institutional, political, and social barriers for same-sex couples in the region. The book deals with general aspects of same-sex rights and policies in the Americas, including public opinion regarding same-sex marriage, diffusion of policy innovations for same-sex couples, judicialization of LGBT rights and the role of the left in support of same-sex rights in Latin America. It also examines country cases regarding same-sex policies in Latin America. The publisher noted that this research is innovative because it covers the understudied policies of same-sex relationships in Latin America, despite recent major developments, and includes both regional and national level analyses to explain such developments.