Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2014, Comparitive Gender Studies)

M.A., cum laude, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2007, Gender Studies)

B.A., cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University (2001, History)



Nicole Butterfield is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology. Previously, she was a NEWFELPRO (New International Fellowship Mobility Programme for Experienced Researchers/Marie Curie) fellow at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia (2015-2016). Before that, she was a lecturer in the English Department of the University of Szeged (Hungary) from 2012 to 2015, where she was also a member of the Gender Research Group. Dr. Butterfield received her PhD from the Gender Studies Department at Central European University in 2014 (Budapest, Hungary) for her successfully defended dissertation titled, "LGBTIQ Advocacy at the Intersection of Transnational and Local Discourses on Human Rights and Citizenship in Croatia". Her research findings have been published in various publications such as the Journal of Homosexuality, GLQ, and in edited volumes Queer Visibility in Post-Socialist Cultures (Fejes and Balogh 2013) and LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav Space: On the Rainbow Way to Europe (Bilic 2016).  Her current research interests include (sexual) identity politics, theories of human rights, transnational civil society, neoliberalization in post-socialist contexts and sexualities in rural spaces.

Courses Taught

Current courses

ANT 210 Sex and Culture

Previous courses

ANT 208 Urban Anthropology

ANT 230 Culture and Crime

Scholarly Work

2020, The Limits of Legal Discourse: Discrimination against LGBTI Persons in Croatia, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 26(2): 303-331, DOI: 10.1215/10642684-8141858.

2018, Imagined Rural/Regional Spaces: Non-normative Sexualities in Small Towns and Rural Communities in Croatia, Journal of Homosexuality, online first, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1383111.

2016, Discontents of Professionalisation: Sexual Politics and Activism in Croatia in the Context of EU Accession in LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav Space: On the Rainbow Way to Europe, Bojan Bilic (Ed)London: Palgrave Macmillan, 23-58. 

2016, Professionalization in Sexual Politics and Activism in Croatia, Special Issue “Europeanisation and LGBT Activism in the Post Yugoslav Space”, Southeastern Europe 40(1): 54-80. DOI: DOI: 10.1163/18763332-03903015.

2013, Sexual Rights as a Tool for Mapping Europe: Discourses of Human Rights and European Identity in Activists' Struggles in Croatia in Queer Visibility in Post-Socialist Cultures, Nárcisz Fejes and Andrea P. Balogh (Eds), Bristol: Intellect. 11-34.