Gilbert Herdt is Professor of Sexuality and Anthropology at San Francisco State University where he also directs the Human Sexuality Studies Program, the Institute on Sexuality, Inequality, and Health, and the National Sexuality Resource Center. A native of Oakley, Kansas, Professor Herdt's professional career had its beginnings during his education at Sac State (then Sacramento State College) at which he earned both the B.A. (1971) and M.A. (1972) in Anthropology. He holds the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Australian National University (1978). He earned post-doctoral certification as an NIMH fellow in UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute (1979).
Prior to his position at San Francisco State University, Professor Herdt held the appointments of Assistant Professor at Stanford University and Associate and Full Professor at the University of Chicago. He has provided service, in the course of his career, to ten international committees and agencies, eight major national committees (both academic and non-academic), and many university-level committees at his various academic posts. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from prestigious organizations and agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the T. Gwinn Folis Foundation, the Horizon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.
From 1999 - 2001, Professor Herdt was the Founding President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, given scholarly presentations at conferences throughout the world, published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, authored or coauthored eight books, and edited 14 volumes. Among his more recent books are Secrecy and Cultural Reality (University of Michigan Press, 2001), Something to Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child Is Gay(Columbia University Press, 2000), and Sambia Sexual Cultures: Essays from the Field (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
In sum, Gilbert Herdt has established himself as one of the world's renowned experts in the area of human sexuality. His reputation is a source of pride to members of the Department of Anthropology at Sac State and a source of inspiration to students who, as did Gilbert Herdt as an undergraduate here 30 years ago, work to advance the field of Anthropology.
"My professional life has been devoted to the advancement of anthropology and in particular the anthropology of sexuality; and more generally to the professionalization of sexuality as a field of studies in the U.S. and abroad. I remain indebted to Sacramento State for my education and the way in which it prepared me for the work of teaching, research and service to society."