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Navin Kumar

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Yale University
Chapter Member: Connecticut SSN
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Kumar is especially passionate about using research to help businesses outside the mainstream gain legitimacy. He has collaborated on projects and initiatives in the Cannabis Industry and on Sex Work, Social Networks and Masculinity.


"Exploring the Occupational Context of Independent Male Escorts Who Seek Male Clients: The Case of Job Success" (with Chritian Grov). American Journal of Men's Health (2017).

Explores job success among male sex workers, indicating that success in the field was well articulated, possibly highlighting that male independent escorting is becoming a professionalized occupation, with a shift away from current stigmatized understandings.

"A Global Overview of Male Escort Websites" (with Victor Minichiello, John Scott, and T. Harrington). Journal of Homosexuality 64, no. 12 (2017): 1731-1744.

Details a preliminary dataset of global male escort sites to give insight into the scale of the online market. Results suggest that most sites are independent and not affiliated to escort agencies, and the majority cater to male escorts soliciting male clients, with many sites for female clientele and couples.