Faculty Achievement: Dr. Shawn Schulenberg

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.