The Department of Sociology & Anthropology


Anne Esacove, Ph.D. Email Anne Esacove


Before joining the sociology department at Muhlenberg in 2006, I worked for many years as a health educator and policy analyst while pursuing my Master of Public Health degree and doctorate in Sociology. My research and teaching interests are grounded in my professional experience and include sexuality, gender, health, and qualitative and archival research methods. Most of my research has focused on sexual and reproductive health, including family planning and abortion, and on HIV/AIDS. Currently, I am working on two new research projects that investigate how, if at all, "alternative" health practices, communities and systems reconfigure or challenge mainstream medical and gendered ideologies. The first project examines the use of complementary and alternative care (CAC) for perimenopause through narrative interviews with CAC users. In the second research project, I examine the burgeoning "natural burial" movement through interviews with professionals and para-professionals working in the industry.

Selected Awards
Recipient, Robert C. Williams Award for distinguished scholarship and research, Muhlenberg College (2012)

Recipient, ASA Sociology of Sexualities Distinguished Article Award, Honorable Mention (2011)

Recipient, African Regional Research Program Grant, Fulbright Scholar Program. (2006-2007)

Fellow, Sexuality & Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2005-2006)

Selected Publications

2015: In press: Modernizing Sexuality. U.S. HIV-Prevention Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Oxford University Press

2013 "Good Sex/Bad Sex. The Individualized Focus of US Global HIV - Prevention Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1995-2005."Sociology of Health & Illness, 35(1).
2012 "The Right to Say No. Gender Empowerment in US Global HIV - Prevention Policy," in Understanding Global Sexualities.  New Frontiers. Peter Aggleton, Paul Boyce, Henrietta L. Moore and Richard Parker (eds.) New York: Routledge.
2010 Esacove, A. “Love Matches. Heteronormativity, Modernity and AIDS Prevention in Malawi.” Gender & Society, 24(1).
2007 Esacove, A. "Making Sense of Sex. Moving Beyond Intentionality." Culture, Health and Sexuality, 10(4): 337-390.
2004 Esacove, A.  Dialogic framing: The framing/counterframing of ‘partial-birth’ abortion.”  Sociological Inquiry, 74(1): 70-101
2002 Esacove, A & Andringa, K.  “The process of preventing childbearing:  Women’s experiences and emergency contraceptive use.”  Qualitative Health Research, 12(9):1235-1247