Organizers for the Sexualities, Race, and Resistance in an Uncertain Time 2018 Preconference are members of the American Sociological Association Section on Sexualities.

Organizer Biographies

Tri-Chairs: Katie Acosta, Jessica Fields, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz


Katie Acosta
Steering Committee
Budget and Fundraising Committee
Find me on Twitter at: @katielacosta

Dr. Katie L. Acosta is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University. Her areas of interest and expertise include Latinx Sexualities, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Immigration, and Family. Her book Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family was published by Rutgers University Press in 2013.  She is currently working on a second book project entitled, Stepping into Queer Parenting, which explores the legal, social, and interpersonal experiences families face in queer and lesbian stepparent households. In addition to her published book, her research can be found in Gender & Society, Journal of Homosexuality, Black Women Gender and Family, American Journal of Public Health, Sexualities, and Family Relations.  At Georgia State, she teaches Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of the Family, and Social Problems for undergraduate students. She also teaches Race in the Americas, Sexualities, Gender, and Qualitative Methods for graduate students.


Jessica Fields
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Program Committee
Social Media and Publicity Committee
Find me on Twitter @jessfields

Dr. Jessica Fields is Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and the author of Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality (Rutgers), which received the 2009 ASA Race, Class, and Gender Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award. With Laura Mamo, Nancy Lesko, and Jen Gilbert, she leads The Beyond Bullying Project, a community-based storytelling project that aims to understand and interrupt ordinary hostility in high schools to LGBTQ sexualities (funded by the Ford Foundation). Fields is writing her second book, Problems We Pose: Feeling Differently about Qualitative Research, which explores affect as an opportunity to examine lived experiences of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Her work appears in journals including Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sex Education, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Social Problems. Fields has served on the Race, Gender, Class Council (2014-present), as Sex and Gender Chair (2013-16) and Council Member (2009-2012), and on the Jessie Bernard Award Selection Committee from 2011 to 2014 (Chair, 2013-14).


Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Steering Committee
Local Arrangements Committee
Program Committee
Find me on Twitter @SVidalOrtiz

Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz is Associate Professor of Sociology at American University (AU). He co-edited two award-winning books: The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, and Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism, and has a forthcoming book – with two former students, Brandon Andrew Robinson and Cristina Khan, titled Race & Sexuality (Polity Press, 2018). He has published numerous articles in journals such as Gender & Society, Sexualities, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Deviant Behavior, Latino Studies, Qualitative Sociology and Sociology Compass, and chapters in books such as Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Race and Contention in Twenty-first Century U.S. Media, The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements, and Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Power, Passions, Practices and Policies. He is completing his book manuscript about sexual minorities in Santería. At ASA, he has been a council member for the Race and Ethnic Minorities section (2005-8), Chair for the Sexualities section (2012-15), and a founding member/inaugural (non-elected) Chair of the Body and Embodiment section (2009-10). He also served as member of the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award Selection Committee (2012-14) and the Committee for the Status of Women in Sociology (2007-9).

Steering Committee: Katie Acosta, Jody Ahlm, Marysol Asencio, Tristan Bridges, Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, Jessica Fields, Angelique Harris, Carla A. Pfeffer, Jyoti Puri, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and Suzan Walters


Jody Ahlm
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Program Committee

Jody Ahlm is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies sexualities and digital media, paying particular attention to issues of gender, race and sexual identity. Her research is published in Sexualities. She is finishing a dissertation that intervenes in academic and popular debates about the effects of new technology. Her study uses the case of smartphone “hookup apps” to reveal the reciprocal development of the technological and the social, challenging deterministic accounts of technology use.




Marysol Asencio
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Program Committee

Dr. Marysol Asencio is Professor of Sociology and Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research is primarily focused on Latina/os, genders and sexualities, and health. Her work has been supported by external funders such as the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Marchionne Foundation as well as through internal competitive grants. Her publications include a book, edited volumes, and book chapters as well as peer-reviewed articles in Gender and Society, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Medical Anthropology. Her edited volume, Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (Rutgers, 2010), coalesced social science research on Latina/o sexualities to advance this field of study. She is currently working on a research project on Latina lesbian-queer visibility which was awarded funding through the UConn Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research on Women and Girls of Color.


Tristan Bridges
Steering Committee
Social Media and Publicity Committee
Find me on Twitter @tristanbphd

Dr. Tristan Bridges is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research is concerned with theorizing contemporary transformations in gender and sexual identities and inequality, specifically with respect to masculinities. Toward this, Bridges has studied a range of issues and groups. Bridges’ research has been published in Gender & Society, Body & Society, Sociology Compass, and Contexts, in addition to other venues. With C.J. Pascoe, Bridges coedited Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change (Oxford UP, 2016). With Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, he is author of the forthcoming edition of Sociology NOW, 3e (Pearson). He is also Book Review Editor for the journal, Men and Masculinities.



Shantel Gabrieal Buggs
Steering Committee
Find me on Twitter @sgbuggs

Dr. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on the ways that race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality work together to influence how people form and maintain intimate relationships, especially through the use of online dating and/or social media websites.








Angelique Harris
Steering Committee
Budget and Fundraising Committee

Dr. Angelique Harris is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Founding Director of the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies and the Director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, sociology of religion, urban studies, media studies, and social movements. Some of her books include AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole, The Sociology Student’s Guide to Writing, and the Intersection of Race and Sexuality book series.


Carla A. Pfeffer
Steering Committee
Social Media and Publicity Committee
Find me on Twitter @carlapfeffer

Dr. Carla A. Pfeffer is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina and Chair-Elect of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association. Pfeffer’s research on cisgender women’s partnerships with transgender men has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Her book, Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men, was published by Oxford University Press (2017). Pfeffer’s research has been recognized through funding and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council on Family Relations, and the sections on Sexualities and Sex and Gender of the American Sociological Association. In a new collaborative and international project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Pfeffer and colleagues will study transgender men’s practices and experiences around reproduction and reproductive healthcare.


Jyoti Puri
Steering Committee
Program Committee

Dr. Jyoti Puri is Professor of Sociology at Simmons College. She writes and teaches at the crossroads of sociology, sexuality and queer studies, and postcolonial feminist theory. Her latest book, Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle against the Antisodomy Law in India’s Present, was published by Duke University Press (February 2016). Her previous books include, Woman, Body, Desire in Post-colonial India (Routledge 1999) and Encountering Nationalism, (Blackwell Publishers 2004). She has also co-edited a special issue on gender, sexuality, state, and nation for Gender & Society (April 2005) and another one on sexuality and the state for Rethinking Marxism (October 2012). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants, including a Rockefeller Research Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Research award. She has served as Chair of the Section on Sex and Gender for the American Sociological Association. She is currently working on a project on death and migration.


Suzan Walters
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Program Committee

Dr. Suzan Walters is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program.  Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, specifically in relation to substance use, gender, sexualities, social networks, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic class.  Suzan has worked as an ethnographer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System a research fellow for AIDS Foundation Chicago.  You can find her work in published in JAIDS, Harm Reduction Journal, and AIDS and Behavior.


  • Program: Katie Acosta, Jody Ahlm, Marysol Ascencio, Jessica Fields, Jyoti Puri, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and Suzan Walters
  • Budget and Fundraising: Katie Acosta, Angelique Harris, and Elroi Windsor
  • Social Media and Publicity: Eli Alston-Stepnitz, Tristan Bridges, D’Lane Compton,  Jessica Fields, Sonny Nordmarken, and Carla A. Pfeffer
  • Local Arrangements: Marcus Hunter, Dustin Kidd, Kevin Moseby, Jason Orne, Amy Steinbugler, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and A.J. Young


Eli Alston-Stepnitz
Social Media and Publicity Committee

Eli Alston-Stepnitz is a graduate student in Sociology at the University of California— Davis. He also designed the 2018 Sexualities Preconference logo. His primary research interests are gender and sexuality, specifically how gender and sexuality intersect with science & technology, law, and popular culture. Eli is currently working on a project which looks at court cases between the signing of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and the present case G. G. v. Gloucester County Public School Board to examine how the legal category of sex is constructed, produced, influenced and constrained by rhetorical structures, discourse, and networks of power.




D’Lane Compton
Social Media and Publicity Committee
Find me on Twitter @drcompton

Dr. D’Lane R. Compton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Coordinator at the University of New Orleans. Her areas of emphasis are social psychology, gender, sexuality, and the family. Her current research investigates the demography of sexual orientation and theoretical properties of stigma development and dissolution. Compton is the co-author of Same-sex Partner: The Social Demography of Sexual Orientation and Legalized (SUNY 2009) and Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood (NYU 2016). She is currently serving on the ASA Sexualities Section council and Social Psychology Section Council.





Dustin Kidd
Local Arrangements Committee
Find me on Twitter @PopCultureFreak

Dr. Dustin Kidd is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at Temple University, where he also serves as Director of Intellectual Heritage. He is the author of three books: Legislating Creativity (Routledge 2010), Pop Culture Freaks (Westview 2014), and Social Media Freaks (Westview 2017). He teaches courses on popular culture and social theory.








Kevin Moseby
Local Arrangements Committee

Dr. Kevin M. Moseby is Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology at Drexel University. His research specialties and teaching interests are in the areas of the social and cultural studies of biomedicine/health, particularly as those domains intersect with and through the institutions of race/sexuality/gender, social movements/community advocacy, HIV/AIDS, racial health disparities, science and technological studies, and Black Studies. He is currently at work on a book manuscript which examines the salience of race over the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, documenting how HIV/AIDS prevention practices and knowledges “crossed the color line.”




Sonny Nordmarken
Social Media and Publicity Committee

Sonny Nordmarken is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation theorizes the notion of a transgender self, examining the roles that social interactions, perceptions, and emotions play in trans individuals’ gender identification narratives. His work has been published in journals and edited volumes, such as Qualitative Inquiry, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Studies, and Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population; two new pieces are forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Four of his papers have won awards—including awards from ASA Sections on the Sociology of Emotions and the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment.


Jason Orne
Local Arrangements Committee
Find me on Twitter @JasonOrne

Dr. Jason Orne is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drexel University. His book, Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago, was published with University of Chicago Press (2017). Boystown examines the importance of sex to queer male communities and the transformation of gay enclave neighborhoods, “gayborhoods,” through heritage commodification. He specializes in qualitative methods and his qualitative approaches are discussed in his co-authored textbook, An Invitation to Qualitative Fieldwork (with Michael M. Bell) published in 2015 with Routledge. Before joining Drexel’s faculty, he co-founded the academic consulting firm, Qualitative Health Research Consultants, which collaborates with medical and public health faculty on the qualitative components of nationally-funded research. His work has also appeared in the journals Sexualities, The Sociological Quarterly, Applied Ergonomics, and Thyroid. He is currently working on two projects relating to sexuality and consumption in urban spaces, as seen through (1) racial disparities in PrEP use and (2) the social experience of inebriation and alcohol use.



Shelly Ronen
Local Arrangements Committee

Shelly Ronen is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at New York University. Her areas of interest are gender, sexuality, feminism, culture, and work. Shelly’s dissertation asks how notions of moral sexual pleasure are produced through the work of sex toy designers. Her work appears in Gender & Society, Gender, Work & Organization and Contemporary Sociology. Shelly teaches courses on Women’s and Gender Studies and the Sociology of Sex and Gender.




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Veronica Salcedo

Veronica B. Salcedo is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University where she teaches Introduction to Sociology.  Her family and her work on oral history publications with the Filipino American National Historical Society inspires Veronica’s current research on sexually nonconforming Filipina/ Filipina American women in the U.S.  Her qualitative study explores how these women navigate their relationships with families of origin and choice. With Katie L. Acosta as lead author, Veronica has a forthcoming book chapter, “Gender (Non)Conformity in Families” in Handbook of the Sociology of Gender (Springer Press, 2018).




Elroi Windsor
Budget and Fundraising Committee

Dr. Elroi J. Windsor is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Windsor’s research focuses on the body and embodiment, gender and sexuality, transgender healthcare, and critical medical sociology. Windsor is co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality & Society Reader (W.W. Norton), and also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Department at Wake Forest University.




alithia zamantakis @blobfishfemme

alithia zamantakis is a graduate student/instructor at Georgia State University. Their current research focuses on racial-gender negotiations in intimacy, trans-ness, cissexism, critical race theory, and emotional/bodily labor. alithia has also published creative non-fiction and poetry in such journals as Peculiar and Scribendi, and articles on The Body is Not an Apology, Everyday Feminism, and Write Where it Hurts. They are also a member and sub-committee chair of Sociologists for Trans Justice and a feminist book-seller in Atlanta, GA.