About the Contributors


Deborah Amory is professor of Social Science at SUNY Empire State College. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Anthropology, and a B.A. from Yale University in African Studies. Her early work focused on same sex relations on the Swahili-speaking coast of East Africa, and lesbian identity in the U.S. She has served in academic administration and is currently engaged in the open education movement, especially developing online OER courses. She teaches a variety of LGBTQ Studies courses both online and f2f, including Queering American Culture and Introduction to LGBTQ Studies.

Sean G. Massey is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Binghamton University. He received his PhD in Social Personality Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on the study of sexuality, gender, anti-homosexual prejudice, attitudes toward same-sex parenting, racial bias in educational and law enforcement contexts, and the relationship between social science and social change. He is co-investigator with the Binghamton University Human Sexualities Lab, and co-principal investigator with the Lesbian & Gay Family Building Project.


James Aimers is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo. He has a B.A and M.A. from Trent University and a Ph.D. from Tulane University. Aimers is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Maya pottery and architecture. He edited the book, Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation (U press Florida 2012), and has taught a variety of courses including Gender and Sexuality in Latin America, Men and Masculinities, and Archaeology of Sex and Sexuality.

Christa Craven is a professor and activist-scholar whose research focuses on lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer reproduction, midwifery activism, and reproductive justice. Her op-eds have appeared in The Huffington Post and The Feminist Wire, and she is the author of several books, including Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making (Routledge, 2019). She is the Dean for Faculty Development and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where she teaches Global Politics of Reproduction, Queer Lives, Transnational Feminisms, Doing Feminist Research: Theory & Practice, Ethnographic Research, Feminist Pedagogy in Action, and Globalizing Health. Her professional website is: http://discover.wooster.edu/ccraven/

Marquis Bey earned his PhD from Cornell University in English and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. His research and teaching focuses concern black feminism, queer and transgender studies, critical theory, and contemporary African American literature. Beginning Fall 2019 he will be Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Furthermore, he is the author of Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism (University of Arizona Press, 2019) as well as a number of journal articles in CR: the New Centennial Review, The Black Scholar, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and others.

Kimberly Fuller, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University in the School of Social Work, licensed independent social worker (LISW-S), and certified sex therapist (CST). Dr. Fuller’s area of research is in LGBTQ youth development, supportive relationships, and institutional inequities. Additionally, she provides therapy to LGBTQ adolescents and adults in private practice.

White, queer, and genderqueer, Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches in New York City. Hoffman’s thesis, “Every Woman Who Will Make Herself Male: Genderqueer Expression in the Early Church” was deposited in the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in 2004 and earned the Roswell Dwight Hitchcock Prize in Church History. He has worked for LGBT civil rights with Lambda Legal Defense; for anti-violence justice and meditative practice at the Brooklyn-based Center for Anti-Violence Education; as a counselor and advocate for domestic violence and rape survivors with organizations in New York and Pennsylvania; as a mentor to local queer and trans youth in NY and PA; and as the pastor of MCC congregations in Binghamton, NY, and Boyds, MD. Hoffman is currently supporting sexual assault centers statewide at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Mind-body-spirit connections to social justice and the connectedness of of physical, emotional, and spiritual violence deeply influence his thinking and ministry, and his writing.

Thomas Lawrence Long is associate professor in residence in the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing, where he is a member of the Center for Nursing Scholarship and Innovation, and on the core faculty of the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He is the author of AIDS and American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic (SUNY Press, 2005), co-editor of The Meaning Management Challenge: Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease (Interdisciplinary Press, 2011), and co-author of Writing in Nursing: A Brief Guide (Oxford University Press, 2017). His journal articles and book chapters have examined representations of HIV/AIDS, the history of nursing, sexuality, and medical humanities. He is the curator of the University of Connecticut’s Josephine A. Dolan Nursing History Collection.

Jennifer Miller is an adjunct assistant professor of English Literature and Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Homosexuality, The European Journal of American Studies, and The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. She is co-editor of The Dialectic of Digital Culture (forthcoming Lexington). She has taught a variety of LGBTQ Studies courses including Queer Theory, Sexuality and Citizenship, Women, Sex, and Psyche, and Cinema, Sex, and Censorship. Her current research focuses on LGBTQ* children’s picture books.

Gesina Phillips is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, and her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. She works on initiatives related to digital humanities, programming and creative code, research data management, copyright, and information literacy.

Clark A. Pomerleau is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of North Texas where he is also on the advisory boards of Women’s and Gender Studies and LGBT Studies. He is the author of Califia Women: Feminist Education against Sexism, Classism, and Racism (University of Texas Press, 2013) and contributor to Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities Publics Routledge, 2016) and Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies (Temple University Press, 2012). Pomerleau’s articles examine lesbian inclusion in the National Organization for Women and transgender-inclusive praxis in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Christine Rodriguez, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MDiv, MA, is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a strong commitment to providing inclusive, high quality care for the LGBTQ+ community. Her specific areas of interest are gender affirming hormone therapy for transgender and gender nonconforming patients, sexual health of minorities, the intersectionality of religion/spirituality and LGBTQ+ identities, as well as primary care services. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Connecticut whereby her research focused on developing and implementing an evidence-based educational program for health care professionals to meet the healthcare needs of transgender and gender nonconforming patients. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, as well as a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity at Liberty University. She serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Christine has lectured, both locally and nationally, regarding the importance of LGBTQ+ healthcare content within medical curriculums, the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ members within religious and spiritual communities, as well as the importance of using the informed consent model for gender affirming hormone therapy in primary care settings.

Ariella Rotramel, Ph.D. is the Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies at Connecticut College. Rotramel’s research and teaching interests include social movements, gender and women’s history, women and work, ethnic studies, queer and sexuality studies, community-based learning, and digital humanities and metaliteracy education.

Shyla Saltzman earned her Ph.D. in English literature at Cornell University. Her research and teaching focuses on contemporary American literature, as well as gender, cultural, and ethnic studies. She currently teaches at East Stroudsburg University and Kean University.

Dara J. Silberstein is currently Research Associate Professor of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Binghamton University. She received her Juris Doctorate from SUNY Buffalo in 1985 and is a licensed attorney. She received her Ph.D. in labor history from Cornell University in 1995. Throughout her career she has focused on social justice issues particularly in the way laws operate to marginalize women and members of the LGBTQ communities. Her early research on employment and labor laws specifically dealt with the historical impact of employment laws on women’s family and reproductive lives. She is currently working on a project that looks at the plight of LGBTQ Muslim refugees during their Resettlement.

Marianne Snyder, PhD, MSN, RN is an Assistant Professor at the UConn School of Nursing and has been a registered nurse for the past 36 years. Early in her career, she realized that many Advanced Practice Nurses have had limited or no content in their educational programs to care for lesbian and gay patients. In order to evaluate this and to understand how widespread the issue is, she conducted her dissertation study entitled “A Mixed Methods Study of Beliefs, Behaviors, and Experiences of APRNs with Lesbian and Gay Patients.” Her research interests include understanding the healthcare experiences of LGBTQ individuals and educating healthcare providers on how to create LGBTQ affirming care environments for these populations. She is also interested in chronic disease and pain self-management practices among sexual minority women.

Lynne Stahl is the Humanities Librarian at West Virginia University. She earned her PhD in English at Cornell University and her MLS from Emporia State University. Her work has appeared in publications including Library and Information Science Research, The Velvet Light Trap, Popular Culture, Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association, and her current research lies at the intersection of popular film, gender studies, affect theory, and critical information studies. She is an advocate for open educational models and has created two open teaching resources—a film analysis tutorial and a reader’s guide to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home.

Rachel Wexelbaum is Collection Management Librarian/Associate Professor at St. Cloud State University. She received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University in 2004, and is currently working on her doctorate in higher education administration. Wexelbaum’s areas of library expertise include LGBTQ+ library resources and services, open access,scholarly communication, Wikipedia, and Creative Commons. She teaches Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies and Social Media in a Global Context to undergraduates, and is her campus leader in OER discovery and development.

Dr. Ryan J. Watson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. He explores protective factors for vulnerable adolescents, with a focus on interpersonal relationships. Dr. Watson situates himself as a mixed-methods interdisciplinary family scientist and draws from life course and developmental frameworks. To further advance the scholarship of interpersonal relationships and sexual minority youth, Dr. Watson has used both population-based and non-probability datasets from the US, Norway, and Canada to examine how social support (friends, teachers, and parents) may attenuate the impact of risk factors such as victimization, homophobia, and stigma on well-being. He continues to research how social support provides a foundation for achievement and healthy outcomes for vulnerable youth. In addition, Dr. Watson has led a qualitative study that explores the motivations and outcomes for hooking up amongst sexual minority populations. His work explores the ways in which the use of different platforms to initiate and engage in hook ups differs by sexual orientation subgroups.

Sarah R. Young, PhD, LMSW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Binghamton University. Her two tracks of research include 1) supporting sexual and gender minorities in the contexts of their families and schools, and 2) interventions for chronic pain (particularly for people living with HIV/AIDS, and/or people prescribed long-term opioid therapy). She is co-founder and former program manager of the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, a former Point Foundation Scholar, and was selected by the Obama White House as an Emerging LGBTQ Leader. For the past two years, she has been a Co-PI and Research Mentor for the Undergraduate Human Sexuality Lab at Binghamton University. Dr. Young earned her MSW from the University of Michigan and her PhD from The University at Alabama.