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Matthew Chin

Assistant ProfessorGSS Matthew Chin profile
Phone: 212-636-6627
Office: Lincoln Center 719E


BA, University of Toronto
MSW, University of Michigan
PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Historical ethnography
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Caribbean Studies


Matthew Chin is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. His current study examines the emergence of a transnational politics of same sex intimacy in late twentieth century Jamaica. With a focus on the Anglophone Caribbean’s earliest gay activist organization, the Gay Freedom Movement (1977-84), this historical ethnographic project considers how same sex intimacy in Jamaica becomes a site of political contestation both in national self-determination efforts and international gay liberation movements. This work complicates contemporary narratives of Jamaican homophobic exceptionalism and contributes to a queering of Caribbean history as well as to a decentering of the West in global histories of sexuality.