Hugo Schwyzer is an author and speaker and former college professor. From 1993 until his resignation in 2013, he taught history and gender studies at Pasadena City College. In addition to classes on Western Civilization, women’s history, men and masculinity, and gay and lesbian history, Hugo developed the college’s first course on the historical roots of contemporary eating disorders and distorted body image. He also created “Navigating Pornography,” an interdisciplinary offering on the cultural history of the erotic.
Born in Santa Barbara and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, Hugo received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. A dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the USA, Hugo is the brother of renowned renaissance scholar Philip Schwyzer.
For two decades, Hugo served as a facilitator, workshop leader, and speaker on issues revolving around sexuality, masculinity, and transforming self-image. He presented workshops on body image, sexual harassment, overcoming perfectionism, and the “myth of male weakness” at institutions as diverse as Fuller Theological Seminary and Brown University. Hugo was also a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio programs and appeared on CNN, the BBC, CTV, Current TV, the Young Turks and the Ricki Lake Show as an expert on body image, sexuality and gender justice. He provided expert commentary for the National Geographic’s Taboo program during the 2012-13 season. He was profiled in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Daily Telegraph, and Bitch.
A former weekly columnist at the Good Men Project and Jezebel, Hugo was later a regular contributor to Daily Life (Australia) and The Atlantic. Among other outlets, his articles appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Relevant, the Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, Alternet, Role/Reboot, Mamamia, XoJane, Modern Mom, Jewrotica, and The Frisky. His essays were featured in the anthologies Men Speak Out and Best Sex Writing 2012.
Hugo co-authored Beauty, Disrupted – the autobiography of famed supermodel Carré Otis, published in October 2011 by HarperCollins.
From 2004-2013, he blogged at http://hugoschwyzer.net/
Father to Heloise and David, Hugo lives in Los Angeles. As of 2015, he remains on hiatus from writing and public speaking.