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Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), Carbondale, IL 2010

Dissertation Title: Multiple Axes of Social Location and Transpeople: Interrogating the Concept of "Intersectionality."

Graduate Certificate  

Women's Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 2008

Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 2007

Thesis Title: Exclusion/Inclusion in Developing Collective Identity

BA Communication, Antioch University Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2000


Teaching Interest:

  • Critical Race Studies
  • Intersectionality: Gender, Race, Sexuality, Social Class, and Nationality
  • Transgender Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Identity
  • Social Problems
  • Inequalities


Research Interest:

  • Critical Race Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Transgender Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Ethnography
  • Social Psychology (with emphasis on Identity, Collective Identity, and Symbolic Interactionism)
  • Inequalities


Recent Publication/Work in Progress:

In Progress     "Changing Race, Changing Gender: Mixed-Race Positionality"
Under Review  "Interconnecting Structural Inequalities: A Multidimensional analysis of Transgender People of Color's Narratives"
2012 "Intersectional Identities and Conceptions of the Self: the Experience of Transgender People." Symbolic Interaction 35(1): 49-67
2011 "Religion, Politics, and Support for same-Sex Marriage in the United States: 1988-2008." Social Science Research 40(1):167-180.  Co-writers: Sherkat, Darren E.; Powell-Williams, Melissa; Maddox, Gregory R.
2010 "Race, Religion, and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage." Social Science Quarterly 91(1): 80-98.  Co-writers: Sherkat, Darren E. and Creek, SJ.
2009 "Berdache/Two-Spirit." Encyclopedia of Gender & Society, edited by Jodi O'Brien.  Thousand Oaks, Ca: SAGE Publications.