Workshop Facilitators

A series of organized collaborative workshops will be a part of the preconference this year on a variety of topics. As a part of the submission process, you were asked to select workshops in which you’d be interested in attending. Below are the workshop themes as well as biographical information about facilitators for each workshop.

1. Incorporating Sexualities, Race, and Empire. A leading scholar in the field will provide a primer for those who are interested in this field of inquiry. The workshop will introduce participants to foundational works in this area, theoretical positions currently being engaged, and possible ways to productively incorporate these thematic into their work. (Facilitator: Moon Charania @mooncharania)

Moon Charania

Moon Charania, Assistant Professor, Spelman College

Moon Charania is an Assistant Professor in International Studies at Spelman College. A cultural theorist of race, sex, trauma, and empire in the late twentieth and early twenty-first-century United States and Pakistan, Charania is the author of Will the Real Pakistani Woman Please Stand Up: Empire, Visual Culture, and the Brown Female Body (McFarland Press, 2015). In this book, Charania offers a detailed analysis of multiple kinds of figures of Pakistani women that currently travel in transnational media, books and film, troubling and radically expanding the place of gender, sexuality and racialization in the (neo-) colonial production of otherness and its materialized deployment in global politics. Her work on the intersections of representation, sexuality, and empire has appeared in Intensities: A Journal of Cult Culture, Sexualities, Other Modernities, Camera Obscura, and Feminist Studies. She also published several book chapters in varying edited collections, Border Politics, Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Approaches, Youth and Sexuality: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics, among others. Charania is currently working on her second book manuscript, a queer oral history that sits at the convergence of conversations on sexualities, trauma, empire, class, and Pakistani women’s stories.

2. The Job Market for Sexualities Scholars. Members of recent hiring committees will offer job seekers practical advice on what to expect as a candidate on the academic market. Topics will include challenges particular to sexualities scholars; racism, sexism, ableism, and other marginalizations on the job market; and the interdisciplinary academic job market. The workshop will also address academic institutional variations and the particular opportunities and limits they represent for those engaging in sexuality research. (Facilitators: Jason Orne @JasonOrne & Susana Peña @SusanaPenaBGSU)


Jason Orne, Assistant Professor, Drexel University

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.

Susana Peña

Susana Peña, Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Susana Peña is Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University.  She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her research focuses on sexuality and gender among U.S. Latino/a populations.  She is author of Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).  Her work has also been published inGender & HistoryJournal of the History of Sexuality, and the Cuban journal Temas. She received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council’s Sexuality Research Fellowship Program. Peña’s latest book project examines how race and sexuality structured U.S.-Cuba relations.  In her current position, she mentors graduate students in the American Culture Studies program.  Her advisees have completed dissertations on topics such as Latinx Studies, transgender representation in film, and migration and sexuality.

3. Sociology Outside the Academy. Sexualities scholars working outside the academy will share experiences and insights with those considering work outside of higher education. Presenters will discuss the kinds of applied jobs available to sexualities scholars and how best to prepare for these prospects. (Facilitators: Judith D. Auerbach and Durryle Brooks)

Judith Auerbach

Judith Auerbach, independent science and policy consultant, Professor in the School of Medicine, at UC San Francisco

Dr. Judith Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant, and Professor in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She previously served in leadership positions in governmental (e.g. NIH and White House) and non-profit (e.g., amfAR, San Francisco AIDS Foundation) organizations. Judy received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and has taught, presented, and published widely in the areas of HIV/AIDS, social science, public policy, and sex and gender. Her work has appeared in such journals as: Health Affairs, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS), Science, Global Public Health, JAIDS, and the American Journal of Public Health. She serves on numerous professional and advisory groups, including, the NIDA Advisory Council, and the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. Judy has received numerous awards including the 2014 Feminist-Scholar-Activist Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the ASA. Her research interests focus on the social organization of scientific knowledge, specifically, the role and standing of social research, and attention to women in the HIV/AIDS response.

Durryle Brooks

Durryle Brooks, Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Durryle Brooks is a Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His current research explores Black LGBTQ Trauma and healing as well as the role on IPV on the sexual and reproductive health of Black and Latino LGBTQ community.  In addition, Durryle serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Black Equity Baltimore, which is an organization that seeks to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness among the Black LGBTQ community in the Baltimore metropolitan area to increase their capacity to be mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and sexually healthy.

4. Peer Dissertation Review and Critique. Participants will bring a one-page abstract of either a dissertation proposal or a dissertation summary to be discussed in small groups of scholars working in related areas. (Facilitators: Arlene Stein @SteinArlene and Héctor Carrillo @h46carrillo)

Arlene Stein

Arlene Stein, Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

Arlene Stein’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, culture, and politics. The author or editor of nine books, she received the American Sociological Association’s Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities. She teaches courses on the sociology of gender and sexuality, culture, self and society, and trauma/memory, and writing within and beyond academia. She is the director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers and serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her latest book is Unbound: Transgender Men and the Transformation of Identity (Pantheon, 2018). She is also the author of The Stranger Next Door, an ethnography of a Christian conservative campaign against lesbian/gay rights, which explores clashing understandings of religion and sexuality in American culture; it received the Ruth Benedict Book Award. Her book Sex and Sensibility examines generational shifts in lesbian identities. Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Descendants, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness (Oxford, 2014), looks at how children of survivors became narrators of their parents’ stories of genocide. Going Public: A Guide for Social Scientists (J. Daniels, coauthor) is a guidebook for publicly engaged scholars.

Jodi O'Brien

Jodi O’Brien, Professor of Sociology, Director of SU ADVANCE, Seattle University

Jodi 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, Stained-Glass Ceilings: Religion, Leadership, and the Cultural Politics of Belonging, and Seeing Agnes: Notes on a Transgender Biocultural Ethnomethodology. She is also the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and the recent former editor of the public sociology journal, Contexts. Her current research is on the intersection of religion and sexuality with an emphasis on queer Christians and the congregations that support them.

Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo, Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University

Héctor Carrillo is Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, where he also co-directs the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). Dr. Carrillo is the author of the award-winning book The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS, and of Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men, both published by the University of Chicago Press. He currently conducts research on the paradoxes of the modern notion of sexual identity. Dr. Carrillo has served as a Council Member and as Chair of the ASA Section on Sexualities.




4. Elevator Speeches. Participants will practice their “elevator speech” in pairs with more established scholars. They will give a 3-minute description of their work, receive feedback, and then rotate around the room to practice with other senior scholars. (Facilitators: Georgiann Davis @Georgiann_Davis and Ranita Ray @ranitaray1)


Georgiann Davis, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Georgiann Davis is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching is at the intersection of sociology of diagnosis and feminist theories. Among other scholarly contributions that appeared in the American Journal of BioethicsGender & SocietyPsychology & Sexuality, and Feminist Formations, she is the author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (NYU Press, 2015). Currently she is working on a new book tentatively titled #INTERSEXYFAT: In Pursuit of the Ideal Body(under contract with NYU Press). She is also the board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017- present) and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group (2014-2015).


Ranita Ray, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Ranita Ray is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is an ethnographer specializing in children/youth, urban inequalities, race, class, sexualities, and gender. Her book, The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City (University of California Press, 2017), challenges common wisdom that targeting “risk behaviors” such as drugs, gangs, violence, and teen parenthood is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Ranita is currently preparing a new book manuscript drawing on a neighborhood based multi-year and multi-sited ethnography that explores how the relationship between policing, race, class, and gender shapes educational trajectories of children growing up in marginalized communities in Las Vegas. Her work also appears in journals including Social Problems; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; The American Journal of Bioethics. She has also coauthored a book titled As The Leaves Turn Gold: Aging Experiences of Asian Americans (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012), and published several book chapters.

Professional Queers. Participants will explore the challenges and opportunities for sexuality scholars as we seek and find positions in universities, NGOs, and other sites that often require normative behavior. How can we continue to agitate for change as we secure institutional legitimacy? (Facilitators: Tey Meadow @dr_tey and Shantel Gabrieal Buggs @sgbuggs)

Tey Meadow

Tey Meadow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Tey Meadow’s scholarship spans the domains of law, politics, the family, sexuality and gender, with a specific focus on the creation and maintenance of social classifications. Her first book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty First Century, will be published in July 2018. Tey’s other research examines the ways individuals negotiate social classifications, feminist and queer ethnographic research methods, ideas of collective pleasure and the relationship between risk and intimacy. Her previous work examined the operation of legal gender classifications, feminist ethnographic research methods, and the politics of family diversity in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her articles have appeared in Gender & Society, Sexualities, Politics and Society, Contemporary Ethnography and in a number of edited volumes. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming volume Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology.

Shantel Buggs

Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, Assistant Professor in Sociology and African American Studies, Florida State University

Dr. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and African American Studies at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in how people form and maintain intimate relationships, particularly through the use of online dating platforms and other social media websites. Dr. Buggs also writes about race, gender, and representation in popular culture. Her research has been published in IdentitiesSociology of Race and EthnicitySociology Compass, and an assortment of public venues, such as Bitch Media and Racism Review. Her current research project explores the interracial dating experiences of white men and how race, in the contemporary U.S. political climate, shapes romantic and sexual lives; this research expands on findings from her study of the dating experiences of multiracial and multiethnic women in Central Texas. Dr. Buggs is also heavily involved in service, having served as the chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus and on several committees for the Sexualities Section. She is currently serving as a member of the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in Sociology at ASA.