Juan Carlos Mezo González

PhD Program


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

History of Gender, Sex, and Sexualities; Latin American History; U.S. History; Indigenous and Colonial History.

Working Dissertation


Elspeth Brown


Juan Carlos' dissertation examines the visual culture of North American gay periodicals in the 1971-1994 period. Through an analysis of the gay press, his project discusses the role that sexual imagery and racial representation played in gay liberation politics, identity formation, community-building, and consumer cultures in San Francisco, Toronto, and Mexico City.  His analysis centers on three influential and widely distributed gay periodicals: Gay Sunshine (San Francisco, 1971-1982), The Body Politic (Toronto, 1971-1987), and Macho Tips, later renamed Hermes (Mexico City, 1985-1994). The project also traces the transnational collaboration and solidarity networks that gay activists established through the periodicals, discussing how these fostered transnational gay activist networks and the making of international gay communities.

Juan Carlos is co-founder and co-director of Interdisciplinarios, a working group that since 2017 aims to foster academic collaboration among graduate students at the University of Toronto whose research focuses on Latin America. Interdisciplinarios is supported by the Latin American Studies Program. Juan Carlos is also a Guest Editor of NOTCHES, a peer-reviewed, collaborative and international history of sexuality blog.

Collaborative Program: Sexual Diversity Studies




BA, History, (high distinction), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2014)
MA, History, University of Toronto (2016)