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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Edgar Rivera Colón, Ph.D.

Lecturer; Medical Anthropologist

Edgar Rivera Colón teaches qualitative research methods in the Narrative Medicine program. Dr. Rivera Colón is a medical anthropologist who trains frontline African American and Latino/a HIV/AIDS activists in the use of ethnographic research methods in developing community-level interventions. For the last fifteen years, he has been conducting ethnographic research on New York City’s House Ball community. He is an expert on Latino gay and bisexual male sexual cultures and HIV and regularly trains public health professionals in cultural competency in working with Latino/a LGBTQ communities. Rivera Colón is now working on a co-edited volume entitled Queer Latino/a Theologies and the Churches.


  • Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press 2017), co-author
  • “Between the Runway & the Empty Tomb: Bodily Transformation and Christian Praxis in New York City’s House Ball Community," Christianity and Culture in the City: A Postcolonial Approach (Lexington Books, 2012), edited by Dr. Samuel Cruz