David Luis Glisch-Sánchez


David Luis Glisch-Sánchez.

David Luis Glisch-Sánchez


David Luis Glisch-Sánchez



Latinx studies; Queer studies; Queer of color critique; Women of color feminisms; Sociology of emotions; Latinx sociology; Public policy; Law

Contact Information

Phone: (716) 645-0831



  • PhD, Sociology, University of Texas-Austin 
  • MPP (Master’s in Public Policy), Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • BS, Public Administration, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
My goal in my research and teaching is and will always be the centering of those lives and experiences that exist on the socio-political margins of society, especially queer Latinx lives; illuminating both the struggles and the celebrations of communities who are too often overlooked and ignored.


David Luis Glisch-Sánchez, PhD, is a Cubanx/Latinx queer scholar whose research and teaching interests fall broadly in the areas of Latinx studies, queer studies, queer of color critique, women of color feminisms, sociology of emotions, Latinx sociology, public policy, and the law. He completed his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas – Austin (2015), and has a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and a BS in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. His hometown is Milwaukee, WI, but has lived all over the country, including New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Madison, WI.

He is currently working on a monograph that is tentatively titled Algorithms of Pain: Queer Latinxs, Doloropolitics, and Social Harm; which explores institutional arrangements and social formations that allow for or preclude the recognition of queer Latinx pain that is the result of the various social harms queer Latinx people encounter throughout their life. By conducting life story interviews with TLGBQ-identified Latinx people about their encounters with various forms of social harm, I argue it is possible to observe the central role of emotions in the reproduction and maintenance of white supremacist, heteropatriarchal, cisnormative, and xenophobic power structures.

He is also working on developing a related research project concerning the everyday practice and enforcement of civil rights laws and policies. This project seeks to understand the experiences of individuals and groups who bring formal grievances to civil rights compliance offices and enforcement agencies in order for their harm and pain to be recognized, addressed, and resolved. The hopes of this long-term project is to catalyze a discussion around what new paradigms and practices we need for 21st century civil rights protections.

Selected Publications

  • Algorithms of Pain: Queer Latinxs, Doloropolitics, and Social Harm (monograph, in progress)
  • “From ‘Hate Crimes’ to Social Harm: Critical Moments and Reflexive Practice.” P. 127-137 in Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerless and the Powerful, ed. by K. Lumsden & A. Winter. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.