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Cary Gabriel Costello, PhD
(He/Him or Ze/Zir/Zim)
Director of LGBT+ Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeecostello@uwm.eduSex, gender, and sexuality; Sociology of the body; Science, medicine & technology studies; Social problemsIntersex studies (I am myself intersex by birth), and the relationship between intersex and transgender communities and advocacy; Intersex and trans social movements and advocacy; the sexed body and its regulation by medicine and law, both today and historically; medical interventions into the bodies of intersex and trans people, and how those can be imposed without consent, or withheld when desired, depending on the social context and bodily characteristics of a given individual.
Georgiann Davis, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Medicalization and activismIntersex and trans experiences with doctors and parents; surgical and hormonal interventions, intersex activism; intersex support groups, sex testing and elite athletes.
Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE
Research Chair in Transgender Studies, Founder and Academic Director of The Transgender Archives, University of
Trans masculinity; Trans medicalization and activitsm; Trans and non-binary identity; Law, prisons, policing. Trans masculine people, History of trans activism and research, Trans archives, Trans and non-binary identities and how people develop them, Standards of Care, Trans and non-binary people in contact with police and corrections, Trans and non-binary sexualities,  Jewish law re trans people
Eric Anthony Grollman, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Richmondegrollma@richmond.eduTransphobic discrimination; Trans healthQueer and trans people of color; Transphobia and racism; Health disparities; Transphobia in academia (especially trans professors and graduate students)
Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Framingham State
Violence (intimate partner, sexual, institutional)Transgender intimate partner violence victimization, specifically identity, help-seeking, dynamics of abuse, meanings of violence, transphobia/cisgenderism, intersectionality and trans identities, and queering gender identity in IPV theory
Alex Hanna, Phd
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto alex.hanna@utoronto.caHealth care; Sports; and Higher educationI have worked as an activist on health care on the state and county level. I have also been involved with making sports more accessible to trans and gender nonconforming folks, specifically in roller derby but also in the gym environment and on campus.
Mia Harris, MSc
(She/Her or They/Them)
PhD Candidate, Centre for Criminology, University of
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LGBT people in prisonI am exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners in England and Wales
Jay Irwin, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraskajirwin@unomaha.eduTrans inclusion; Trans healthTrans inclusion within educational settings; Access to care; Health care needs
Simone Kolysh, MPH, MPhil
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, The CUNY Graduate Centersimonekolysh@gmail.comSex, gender, and sexuality; LGBTQ and trans-specific identities; IntersectionalityHow trans people come into their identities; How trans identities intersect with race, sexuality, class, citizenship, etc.; Trans kids; Trans parenting; How to use proper terminology; Trans academics
Emily Lenning, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Fayetteville State Universityelenning@uncfsu.eduSexuality and gender; Social construction of deviance; Media and crimeCrime, violence, and treatment by/in the criminal justice system; Stigma; Issues facing partners of trans people; Trans issues in corrections
Emilia Lombardi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health, Baldwin Wallace
Trans discrimination and health; Trans research issues; Personal experiencesDr. Lombardi is currently working on a project examining the utility of various survey measures to identify transgender populations that can be used within population studies.
Jordan Forrest Miller, MA
Doctoral Student in Sociology, Georgia State Universityjordanforrestmiller@gmail.comMedia; Medicalization; Health care; Gender and sexualityTrans YouTube; Transnormativity; Issues around medicalization; Trans health disparities
Megan Nanney, MA
(She/Her or They/Them)
Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies, Virginia Techmnanney@vt.eduLaw; Education; Higher EducationExpert in (higher) education policy and Title IX. I especially am an expert in single-sex institutions and women's colleges in terms of trans admissions policies. I also specialize in the history of trans exclusion in women's spaces, trans exclusionary radical feminism (TERF), gender critical feminism, and trans feminism.
Z Nicolazzo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois Universityznicolazzo@niu.eduEducationDr. Nicolazzo’s research focuses on gender in higher education, particularly the experiences of trans* collegians; college student activism; and intersectionality, particularly students’ experiences of the intersections of race, disability, and gender identity
Alexandra "Xan" Nowakowski, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Florida State Universityxnowakowski@fsu.eduMedical Sociology; Public HealthI study health equity issues in the experience and management of chronic conditions as people age. Pretty much anything related to disparities in occurrence of and/or care for chronic physical and/or mental health conditions by sex and/or gender identities (as well as intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, and sexuality) is fair game. I am agender, so I can also provide insights on a personal level into the experiences of gender non-binary people and how they intersect with chronic disease.
Emily Allen Paine, MA
(She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs)
PhD Candidate in Sociology and Scholar-in-Residence at CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Scholarship, University of Texas at
Health and Healthcare; Gender and Gender Identity; SexualityTrans (and LGBQ) access to and experiences of healthcare; Health disparities and health policy
Carla A. Pfeffer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South; Identity; Partnerships; SexualitiesTransgender families; Cisgender women partners of transgender men; Transgender men and experiences with reproduction
Roy, Moushumi Roy, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State Universitymroyc77@gmail.comEmployment discrimination; HealthHealth disparities by race, ethnicity, and gender
JE Sumerau, PhD
(They/Them or Ze/Zir)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of
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Trans inclusive research methods; Trans, non-binary, bisexual intersections; Trans health, sexualities, and religionI focus on intersections of sexualities, gender, religion, and health in relation to sexual, gender, and religious minorities.  Specifically, I focus on trans experiences and issues in relation to religion, science, the academy, research methods, and representation. 
Laurel Westbrook, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, Grand Valley State Universitywestbrol@gvsu.eduViolence; Social movements; Law; History; RepresentationMurders of transgender people in the United States; Anti-violence activism done on behalf of transgender people; Transgender rights legislation; Controversies over public restroom/lockerroom access; History of the trans community; History of "transgender" as an identity; How to best ask about gender in surveys
Anne Marie Champagne, MPhil
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, Yale
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Sociology of the body; Trans embodiment; Gender aesthetics, perception and construction; Gender, sex and sexuality; Law; Medicine My research explores the relation between legal and medical institutional approaches to chest masculinization and transmen's personal experiences of gender embodiment. I am particularly interested in how institutional actors and individuals employ aesthetic principles as well as aesthetic experiences to make gendered sense of the body.
Sonny Nordmarken, MA
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherstsnordmar@soc.umass.eduSocial interactions; Microaggressions; Emotions; Embodiment; Trans and disability; Trans and race; Representations of trans people; Trans identity; Inequality (race, class, gender, sexuality, disability)I examine how trans individuals achieve a sense of self, experience microaggressions, and manage their emotions in social interactions with others. I also examine how trans communities create alternative ways to recognize gender identities. I use interview methods as well as autoethnography, writing about my own life as a trans sociologist.
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, American Universityvidalort@american.eduSociology of the body and embodiment; Sex, gender and sexuality; LGBTQ and trans-specific identities; Trans research issues; Trans embodiment.I focus on transgender and transsexual scholarship; queer and trans people of color; transgender rights internationally; transphobia; intersectionality and trans experience.
Reese C. Kelly, PhD
Senior Assistant Dean & Director, Office of Pluralism and Leadership and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth Collegereese.c.kelly@dartmouth.eduTrans theory, transgender identity management, inclusive pedagogues, feminisms/women's and gender studies, sociological theory, intersectional and decolonizing methodologies.I study the strategies that transgender people use when navigating institutions, identity checkpoints, and sex segregated facilities. Additionally, I do work on access to healthcare, and cultural competencies trainings for healthcare practitioners, educators, and higher ed administrators. (Note: I am an out, white, queer trans male.)
Brandon Andrew Robinson, PhD
UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riversidebrandon.robinson@ucr.eduGender and Sexualities; Children and Youth; Urban Poverty and HomelessnessTransgender and gender expansive LGBQ youth experiencing homelessness; LGBTQ youth and child welfare systems
sj Miller, PhD
Deputy Director of Educational Equity Supports and Services
Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
New York University | Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
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Pre- and inservice teacher education--specific to challenging gender and gender identity binaries by centering social justice, critical race theory, feminist theory, geospatial theory, spatiality and temporal theories, critical discourse, anti-bullying, and critical literacy in schools. At the center of my research are transdisciplinary perspectives on social justice which cut across theory, epistemology and pedagogy.I do professional development with school districts locally and abroad (e.g., this includes but is not limited to youth, teachers, principals, families, and key district and state-level stakeholders) to support them about how to take up gender identity work across beliefs, pedagogy/practices, and policies. This includes curriculum, local, state, and national policies, unpacking nuanced language, understanding how gender identity can be pathologized in order to disrupt school-based discrimination and violence, and developing local, state, national, and international research partnerships to study gender identity across different contexts.

Additional: I was featured in a documentary for CBS called Gender: The Space Between.
Kathleen Fitzgerald, PhD
After 24 years in academia, I am now working as a public sociologist, writing and speaking on issues of inequality: race/privilege, gender/sexuality, and intersectionality.fitzy88so@gmail.comRace/white privilege, gender/sexuality, inequalities and intersectionality.Author of "Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality," 2nd Edition (Westview Press, 2017); Coauthor (with Kandice Grossman) of "Sociology of Sexualities" (Sage, 2017).
An Sasala
Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies The University of Kansas-Lawrencean.sasala@ku.eduTransgender theory and transgender studies; gender and technology; transgender history; trans/nonbinary inclusive pedagogy, classroom conduct and language; transfeminismMy research focuses on transgender identities and experiences and marks the interstices and influences that intrinsically link technology and embodied identities such as gender, sexuality, and race. My current research explores the potential for transgender androids and interrogates the encoding of identity-based biases into robotics programming and the literal imprinting/realization of these biases onto robot bodies. Additionally, I conduct research on trans inclusive curriculum development and course content and provides inclusivity and transfeminist trainings for university and community partners.
Austin H. Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kenyon Collegejohnson2@kenyon.eduSex and Gender, Sexualities, Medicalization, Inequalities, Public & Applied SociologyTransgender medicalization, transgender health and wellness, public and applied trans sociology
Allison Lindner
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook Universityallison.lindner@stonybrook.eduTransgender and gender nonconforming children, summer camps for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender and childhood, communities and support for transgender and gender nonconforming childrenMy dissertation is an ethnography study of summer camps for transgender and gender nonconforming children in the United States. The existing literature shows that many transgender and gender nonconforming children face isolation and mistreatment in their day-to-day lives; in contrast, these camps have community support, celebration, and joy as their goals. Through participant observation and interviews, my dissertation asks how children and their families experience these spaces.
James Joseph Dean, PhD
Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State Universityjames.dean@sonoma.eduTransgneder relationships and identitiesI am conducting an in-depth interview based study of trans women and their intimate relationships with cisgender men and women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jacob Alden Sargent, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Digital Liberal Arts, Occidental Collegesargent@oxy.eduDigital methods for humanistic sociology, inquiry-based undergraduate research, labor, music culture, identity, higher education, sex and genderMy administrative work in higher education deals with program development, learning design, and curricular approaches to critical digital literacies. I teach inquiry-based courses on gender and on higher education. My most recent research examines the institutional cultures that perpetuate contingent labor in the academy. Overall I want to leverage digital methods and tools to collaborate across academic institutions and community spaces as we create new knowledge together.
J. Michael Ryan, PhD
Researcher with the TRANSRIGHTS project Instituto de Ciencias Sociais Universidad de Lisboajryan2@umd.eduTransgender Identity, Transgender Studies, Transgender Survey MeasurementI am currently a researcher on the European Research Council funded project TRANSRIGHTS: Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe: Transgender lives in transnational perspective.
Máel Embser-Herbert, PhD, JD
(She/Her, They/Them)
Professor, Hamline Universityembserherbert@hamline.eduGender and sexuality in the militaryThough not currently conducting research, most of my publications have centered on gender/sexuality in the military, specifically Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I recently completed a book chapter on transgender military service, summarizing/analyzing existing work on military policies that impact transgender military personnel.
Zoie McNeillGraduate student, Central European UniversityMcneill_Zoie@student.ceu.eduQueer Ecologies, Rural LGBT Studies, Afro-Feminisms, Post-Humanist Feminisms, Social Justice Movements/Activism Studies, and Food StudiesRight now I am researching queer of color trans feminisms and activism and am preparing my research proposal for a PhD focusing on queer bodies and ecologies in Appalachia
Nielan Barnes, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor of Sociology, California State University Long Beachnielan.barnes@csulb.eduGender, Sexuality and Health; Transnational HIV/AIDS and LGBT Social Movements& Civil Society; Health and Medicine in Latin America (Mexico); Immigrant/migrant health in North America; Mexican LGBTQ asylum seekers in the USMy current research investigates the intersectional dimensions of LGBTQ immigration from Mexico to the US and Canada. I have testified as an expert witness and served as a pro bono consultant in over 80 US Immigration Asylum cases involving LGBTQ persons from Mexico. Recipient of the 2014 Orange County Lavender Bar Association M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award.
Jodi O'Brien, PhD
Professor of Sociology, Seattle Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Social Psychology, Difference and DiscriminationJodi O'Brien is a Professor of Sociology at Seattle University and the Director of SU ADVANCE, an NSF-funded program for the advancement of women and minority faculty. Her teaching and research focus on everyday forms of difference and discrimination, and the cultural politics of transgressive identities and communities. Her books include The Production of Reality; Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes; and Everyday Inequalities. Her recent articles include, Seeing Agnes: Notes on a Transgender Biocultural Ethnomethodology; and Stained-Glass Ceilings: Religion, Leadership, and the Cultural Politics of Belonging. She is the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and the recent former editor of the public sociology journal, Contexts.

Less formally, but more importantly: Most of my scholarship is in the area of the social psychology of difference and discrimination with a focus on gender, race, and sexuality. My commitment is to help people understand how stuck we are in this “just-us” justice that reflects a white supremacist history supported by a Christian ideology of manifest destiny, i.e., to make visible and dismantle the structural/ideological forms of binary gender/heteronormative and racist ideologies and related inequalities that underlie the “permissible prejudices” that make it ok to treat so many of us as not fully citizens, or even as human. All of my teaching and scholarship focuses on this project and I’ve done extensive work with schools, medical/mental health providers, and churches along these lines.
Adam Messinger,PhD
Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, Northeastern Illinois Universitya-messinger@neiu.eduLGBTQ intimate partner violence Intimate partner violence in the relationships of transgender and sexual minority individuals, particularly regarding help-seeking and help-giving, prevention programming, policy reform, and the impact of intersectional transphobia and homophobia on abusers and survivors.