Professor in the Department of History
The relationships between gender, sexuality, and colonialism have intrigued me since I began my first book on Maya sexuality. I recently completed a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Nahua societies--The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011); I am currently co-editing with Neil Whitehead a volume on “ethnopornography,” the relationship between the colonial and ethnographic gaze and sexuality throughout the world; and engaging in research on the position of the hyper-masculinized Aztec warrior in early modern literature from Europe and the Americas. I have moved from studying sexual desires in indigenous communities to examining the early modern cultural processes that created global concepts of modern sexuality, gender, masculinity, and femininity.
Sigal, P. "Review of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil. by James N. Green (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1999)." Journal of Homosexuality 42 (2002). (Review)
Sigal, P. "To Cross the Sexual Borderlands: The History of Sexuality in the Americas." Radical History Review 82 (2002): 171-185. Open Access Copy
Sigal, P. "Review of The Emperor’s Mirror: Understanding Cultures through Primary Sources. by Russell J. Barber and Frances F. Berdan (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1998)." Ethnohistory 48 (2001). (Review)
Sigal, P. "Review of Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice. by Merry E. Weisner-Hanks (New York: Routledge, 2000)." American Historical Review 106 (2001). (Review)
Sigal, P. "Ethnohistory and Homosexual Desire: A Review of Recent Works." Ethnohistory 45 (1998): 135-141.
Sigal, P. "The politicization of pederasty among the colonial Yucatecan Maya." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY 8.1 (July 1997): 1-24.
Restall, M, and Sigal, P. "’May They Not Be Fornicators Equal to These Priests’: Postconquest Yucatec Maya Sexual Attitudes." UCLA Historical Journal 12 (1992): 91-121. (Academic Article)