Gabby M. H. Yearwood

  • Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Studies

Gabby M.H. Yearwood is a socio-cultural anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology and a focus in Black Diaspora Studies and Masculinity. His research interests include the social constructions of race and racism, masculinity, gender and sex, Black Feminist and Black Queer theory, the anthropology of sport and the Black Diaspora. He conducts research in the United States but has also done research in the Caribbean. Beginning Fall 2017, Dr. Yearwood will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology. In this role he will be responsible for the undergraduate majors in Anthropology, will oversee academic advising, advising the undergraduate student association, and coordinating programming for the majors. Dr. Yearwood is also an affiliated faculty member with the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program at Pitt. Dr. Yearwood has worked with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and community organizations attempting to improve Black male high-school student success in the City of Pittsburgh.+

Gabby M.H. Yearwood (2018) Heritage as hate: racism and sporting traditions, Leisure Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2018.1497683

Yearwood, Gabby. "Playing without Power: Black Male NCAA Student‐Athletes Living with Structural Racism." Transforming Anthropology 26, no. 1 (2018): 18-35.

Sport As Global Spectacle: 2020 Summer Olympics

Sport as Global Spectacle: 2020 Summer Olympics is a 4-week intensive summer study abroad program that will engage you with the cultural and global spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games. The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place from July 24 - August 9 in Tokyo, Japan. This program will run from July 11 - August 10, 2020. The first two weeks of the program will take place in Osaka and will be intensive class preparation along with guest speakers and the remaining two weeks will be in Tokyo focused around attending, analyzing and discussing the Olympic spectacle. You may have the opportunity to meet and hear from Olympic planning officials, local leaders and regional experts on the impact and significance of the Olympics in the region. This program will help you understand the local and global implications of international sporting events as well as the unique cultural spectacle the Olympics can cultivate. Students in the program will attend some official Olympic sporting events. 


Research Description

Dr. Yearwood has conducted research with high profile college athletes gaining insight into the ways in which young men create and sustain masculinity and race in relation to their social lives as athletes at institutions of higher education.  He is most interested in examining the structures of race, gender and sexuality as they are informed by institutions of sporting life. 


Anthropology of Race and Science 

This course takes a critical look at the narratives and discourses in and around race and its relationship to scientific thought that both essentializes and naturalizes bodies and their capabilities. We will explore narratives which use the tool and authoritative voice of science, scientific method and genetics. In addition, we will look at some of the historical and contemporary narratives of the biological underpinnings of racist discourse and its incorporation into everyday imaginings of social identities. We will look at blogs, internet posts, media, and academic literature to view and critique the ways in which science logic becomes racialized logic.

Politics of Black Masculinity 

This course explores the role and significance of Black Males and black masculinity in American society. Examining the varied social roles Black males have occupied in both literal and symbolic systems students will gain an understanding of the interrelatedness of race, gender and masculinity in American culture and its impact on social, political and legal institutions in America.

Anthropology of Sport 

Sport captures the minds and money of billions of people everyday, the Olympics, World Cup Soccer, American College Football, and Little League World Series. Yet despite its overwhelming significance in everyday life it goes largely ignored in Anthropological discussions. This course serves to introduce students to the significance and centrality of sport in understanding and interpreting social life. Sport will be critically examined through major anthropological categories of race, class, ethnicity, gender and power.

Human Sexuality in Crosscultural Perspective 

This course will explore the expression of human sexuality across a diversity of cultural and social settings.  It will include discussions of how human groups manage sexuality and human reproduction; theories concerning the development of different marriage, family and household systems as they relate to human sexuality; differences in values and expectations related to sexuality in different cultures; the development of sexual expression across the life span in different cultures; and approaches to understanding heterosexual and homosexual relationships and sexual violence. 

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 

This course is designed to introduce students to cultural anthropological methods and concepts that are useful for gaining a better understanding of human diversity. We will examine such topics as family systems, economic and political change, religion and ritual in order to encourage students to question commonly held assumptions about what is "normal" and "natural" in human experience.