Associate Research Scientist, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Etienne Meunier, PhD, is a sociologist who has conducted extensive research on the sexual cultures and sexual health of the gay male community. Dr. Meunier has published ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research on the impact of structural, contextual, and cultural factors on sexuality. His research on group sexual behavior has shown how public health policies in New York City have pushed gay male public sex venues (such as bathhouses) into clandestinity, creating new spaces and new forms of social-sexual practices that present both opportunities and challenges for sexual-health promotion. Dr. Meunier has conducted a harm-reduction training program for male sex workers in NYC and is currently coordinating an NIH-funded study exploring the risk-taking behaviors of men who find transactional sex partners online. He has also contributed work on HIV-related, NIH-funded studies with diverse populations including, for instance, HIV-affected heterosexual couples, HIV-positive crack-cocaine users, and heterosexual men and women who find sex partners online. Dr. Meunier's research has been published in English and French in journals such as The Journal of Sex Research and Archives of Sexual Behavior. His research on group sex has been funded by the Fonds de recherche du Quebec - Social & Culture and the Desjardins Foundation in Quebec.