A native of North Carolina, Brian Riedel has called Houston home since 1997. In his role as associate director for the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, he connects community conversations and academic resources through teaching, research and public events. He is currently working on a book manuscript, “Sex, Race, and the City: New Histories of Houston,” a history of the city that centers its sexual and racial past. Outside these pursuits, he enjoys spending time with his husband and their two dogs. You can learn more about him at profiles.rice.edu/faculty/brian-riedel.