Homosexuality in African Newspapers, 2000-2014

with Nicole Angotti (Sociology, American University)

Rachel Robinson (International Relations, American University)

and Ashley Currier (WSGS, University of Cincinnati)


This is a longitudinal data set comprised of more than 2,500 news media articles referencing homosexuality from independent and government print dailies with high circulation in Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi. The news presses include, in Nigeria: The Daily Trust, The Guardian, The Independent, This Day and The Vanguard; in Uganda: The Observer, New Vision, The Independent and The Monitor; and in Malawi: The Nation and The Daily Times. News media data were systematically culled from multiple sources, including digital data bases and microfiche collections. For all countries, we included articles in the data set that were published in English between January 1, 2000 and June 30, 2014 and which contained the words "homosexual," "gay," "lesbian," "same-sex," "sexual orientation," "men who have sex with men," or the exact title of proposed or current legislation related to criminalization of same-sex sex. Data have been coded in order to examine the development of local discourses around criminalization and how LGBT issues intersect with other sociopolitical and economic issues in countries pursuing regressive policies.

Diffusion of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) as an HIV Prevention Priority


In 2001, the UN General Assembly convened a Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) where 189 UN member countries recognized and agreed to meet specific goals for the provision of HIV prevention and universal access to treatment set forth in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. This novel longitudinal data set contains information from more than 700 country progress reports over the 2001 to 2012 time period, coded to reflect a state‚Äôs acknowledgement and targeting of same-sex sexual transmission in HIV programming and policy and merged with time-series country-level data, including information on population demographic characteristics, net official development assistance, globalization indicators, HIV prevalence, legal status of same-sex sex, and political and civil liberties.

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Malawi Attitudes toward Identity Survey (ATIS), 2012

with Kim Yi Dionne (Political Science, Smith College)

and Ashley Currier (WSGS, University of Cincinnati)


The Malawian Attitudes toward Identity Survey is a nationally-representative household survey of Malawian adults (N=1559) from 5 of the country's 28 districts fielded from April to June, 2012. The survey provides rare data on Malawian's attitudes toward homosexuality as well as religion, ethnic groups, donors, and government and contains GIS indicators for merging with AidData. Interviews were administered by research staff at Invest in Knowledge Initiative, a Malawian research organization with substantial experience fielding household surveys in Malawi. The survey was funded by the National Science Foundation (PI: McKay), and Texas A&M University (PIs: Dionne and Currier).