Notes on Contributors

In: Expanding the Rainbow
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Notes on Contributors


Andrea Miller

(she/her/hers) is a full adjunct faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Webster University in St. Louis where she is also a fellow for the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. She received her Ph.D. (Sociology, 2006) from American University. Her dissertation research and subsequent publications focus on the research areas of gender and sexuality, with a specific focus on bisexuality. Her work has been published in Teaching Sociology, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, and in the edited volume Sociology Through Film (Sage). Her most recent publication, “The Mis-education of Lady Gaga: Confronting Essentialist Claims in the Sex and Gender Classroom” was published in Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. Miller is a founding and current area editor of TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology) for the American Sociological Association and is a recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. For more information about her work please contact me at

Brandy L. Simula

(she/her/hers) is a post-doctoral faculty fellow on The Nature of Evidence initiative at Emory University, where she is also affiliated with the department of sociology. Her research examines how individuals navigate cultural beliefs about gender, power, and sexuality in everyday interactions. Using feminist and queer theory and methods, her scholarship centers the experiences of people who hold marginalized social identities. Her research has been published in Sexualities, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Bisexuality, and Sociology Compass, and in anthologies including Somewhere over the Rainbow: A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias and Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology. For more information about her work, visit:

J. E. Sumerau

(they/them/she/her) is an assistant professor and the director of applied sociology at the University of Tampa. She is the author of 10 books and over 60 articles and chapters focused on the intersections of sexualities, gender, health, religion, and violence in society. Dr. Sumerau is also a two time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Fiction, and an award winning sociological social psychologist recognized for their scholarly writing and teaching by regional and national sociological associations. They are also the co-creator and co-editor of the academic blog site, a regular contributor to Conditionally Accepted at Inside Higher Ed, and the editor for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Music Blog. For more information, please visit


Robin Bauer

is a professor for Epistemology and Theories of Difference at the Faculty of Social Work, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart, Germany, where he teaches sexuality, gender and social work, disability studies, critical whiteness, intersectionality, social theory and epistemology. He studied chemistry, philosophy and educational sciences and attained his PhD in sociology with a qualitative study on les-bi-trans-queer BDSM at the University of Hamburg (published as “Queer BDSM Intimacies” in 2014). He has published widely in the fields of transgender studies, BDSM, sexuality, non-monogamies, queer theory, and queer-feminist science studies, seeking to connect his research with his activism.

Krista L. Benson

is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. Krista’s current project, The Kids Who Aren’t There: Indigenous Youth, Child Removal, and Juvenile Detention, examines the ways in which heteropatriarchal gender norms are imposed on Native children through the system of “in state care,” including children educated in compulsory state education, those fostered outside of tribal families, and those with contact with the juvenile justice system. This past, current, and future research has considered the interrelationships of sexuality, colonization, racialization, and legal systems and their impacts on people in the United States.

C. J. Chasin

M.Sc., is a queer aroace, long-time ace community member, and PhD Candidate in Community Psychology. CJ has published several papers on asexuality (in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Feminist Studies and elsewhere), in addition to work on other topics including friendship. Grounded in feminist psychology, CJ’s current academic work focuses on consent, voluntary unwanted sex and gender-based violence. As a community educator, CJ also develops and facilitates workshops exploring asexuality, aromanticism and non-normative relationships—primarily alongside other neurodivergent and chronically ill aces.

Daniel Copulsky

is a sex educator and researcher with the Center for Positive Sexuality. His research interests include non-monogamy, sexual orientation, and queer identities. Dan presents regularly at conferences and colleges, and creates comics about sex and relationships as

Cary Gabriel Costello

is Director of LGBT+ Studies and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Intersex by birth, ze has a lifelong interest in studying the sex spectrum and advocating for sex-variant people. Dr. Costello’s areas of specialty include human sexuality, sociology of the body, medical sociology and intersectional identity. Ze blogs about intersex issues at Dr. Costello is a gestational father, and is married to an intersex woman who, like Dr. Costello, transitioned from her inappropriate birth sex assignment.

Georgiann Davis

is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also the current board president of inter ACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017–present) and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group (2014–2015). She has written numerous articles on intersex in various outlets ranging from Ms. Magazine to the American Journal of Bioethics. In her book, Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (2015, NYU Press), Davis explores how intersex is defined, experienced, and contested in contemporary U.S. society.

Ashley Green

is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of South Florida. She received her MA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University in 2015 with a primary research focus on pansexuality. Her current research is centers around fluid sexualities, non-binary gender identities, language, meaning making, and narratives of identity. Additionally, she is interested in exploring queer femininities and LGBTQ space and place, particularly as they intersects with experiences of community.

Brittany M. Harder

Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa. Her research employs a wide array of quantitative and qualitative methods to address issues including those of minority health/well-being, intersectional inequality and discrimination, racial and gender media representation, and the sociology of health and illness. She is actively involved in the community through several activities including employment with the Human Rights Campaign, and volunteer work with local, state, and national political campaigns and community organizations. Brittany frequently runs food, hygiene, and school supply drives, and engages in other efforts to improve issues of hunger and homelessness in Miami Dade County and Hillsborough County. Her community participation and activist efforts aim to raise awareness of people, processes, and barriers that foster inequality.

Jonathan Jimenez

is a doctoral student in the department of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jonathan’s research focuses on the coming of age experiences of trans youth. Specific areas of study include examining the intersections of age and gender identity and the role that gender identity plays in shaping the life course.

Angela Jones

is Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. Jones’s research interests include: African American political thought and protest, gender, and sexuality. Jones’s is the author of Selling Sex Online: Work, Community, and Pleasure in the Erotic Webcam Industry (NYU Press, 2019) and African American Civil Rights: Early Activism and the Niagara Movement (Praeger, 2011). She is a co-editor of the three volume After Marriage Equality book series (Routledge, 2018). Jones has also edited two other anthologies: The Modern African American Political Thought Reader: From David Walker to Barack Obama (Routledge, 2012), and A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias (Palgrave, 2013). She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Griffin Lacy

is a doctoral student and instructor in the Department of Sociology at University of Albany, State University of New York. Griffin’s research interests include gender & sexuality, feminist theory, qualitative research methods, and childhood. Their current ethnographic project focuses on the intersectional experiences of trans and gender nonconforming children and youth and their families in Upstate NY.

Nik Lampe

is pursuing a Master’s degree in applied sociology at the University of Central Florida. Their research focuses on health, gender, and sexualities in the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming populations.

Katie Linder

is a second-year graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Iowa, where she is hard at work on her master’s degree. Her primary research interests are in criminology and race studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, in May 2017, with a degree in sociology and minors in psychology and Spanish, and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Currently, she lives in Iowa City, IA, with her best friend/partner, her partner’s husband, and their two-year-old pitbull.

Shalen Lowell

is a transgender and genderfluid author, blogger, and poet from Boston, MA, now living in southern Maine. They specialize in fiction which represents the intersection of fantasy and postmodern genres and queer literature, with particular emphasis in calling attention to the lives, struggles, and experiences of nonbinary LGBTQ+ folx. Shalen’s work has been featured in Æther & Ichor, The Writing Disorder, Privilege Through the Looking Glass, and they were most recently named one of Massachusetts’ Best Emerging Poets. Shalen can be contacted at

Katherine Martinez

(they/them/their pronouns), Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, writes and teaches on a range of topics relating to bodies/embodiment, gender, race, class and sexuality. In 2011, they received their PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional certification in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. Katherine teaches courses related to queer theories and identities and serves as a sexualities studies minor advisor at the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA). Their research interests are in queer theories, practices, and activism.

Lain A. B. Mathers

is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zir research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexualities, religion, and health as well as the experiences of bi+ and transgender populations. Zir work has been published in numerous academic journals and edited volumes.

Mar Middlebrooks

is currently a student in the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of South Florida. She received her bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Tampa. She continues working within the LGBTQIA+, kink, and differently abled communities as a writer and a counselor.

Alexandra “Xan” C. H. Nowakowski

is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Geriatrics and Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine. They are a medical sociologist and public health program evaluator focused on health equity in aging with chronic disease. Lived experience of queer sexuality, agender identity, polyamorous relationships, partner abuse, and cystic fibrosis inform all of their work. Dr. Nowakowski’s interest in centering scholarship and outreach informed by lived experience led them to found the Write Where It Hurts advocacy project and blog ( along with their spouse, Dr. J Sumerau.

Emily Pain

is an instructor of sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research interests are in sexualities, families, queer studies, intimacies, and qualitative methods. More specifically, she is interested in LGBTQ+ (‘queer’) polyamory, families of choice, creative kinship, (anti)assimilationism, and sexual citizenship. She focuses on questions such as: ‘How do queer people participate in a “queering” of intimacy and family in an era of assimilationism?,’ ‘How do those with radical queer political ideologies navigate assimilationist cultural expectations?,’ and ‘How do heteronormative forces continue to constrain queer lives?’ Her current book project explores queer polyamorous relationships, families, and community. She details how queer polyamorists form, manage, navigate relationships and families at the cultural intersection of heterosexism and monocentrism. She also illustrates how queer polyamorists participate in a ‘queering of intimacy’ in America but are simultaneously constrained by monocentric forces that weaken this transformative potential. Please see for more details.

R. F. Plante

has had the great privilege to work with and mentor undergraduates for over 25 years, studying, teaching about, and writing about genders and sexualities. She also advocates for faculty governance, diversity, and inclusion. This has been her life’s work, dating back to 1987, in the form of peer sexuality education, sexuality advocacy, and social justice work. She is grateful to be able to continue doing this as a professor of sociology.

Mimi Schippers

received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor of Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Tulane University. Her research focuses on masculinities, femininities, and the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in everyday interactions, relationships, and subcultures. Her current research agenda focuses on compulsory monogamy, polyamory, and the queer, feminist, and anti-racist potential of sex and relationships that include more than two people. She is author of Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities and Rockin’ out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock.

stef m. shuster

is an assistant professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Their research examines the social construction of “evidence” in three domains including medicine, social movements, and the construction of knowledge. Their research has recently appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Gender & Society, and Social Psychology Quarterly.

Carey Jean Sojka

is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University. Dr. Sojka’s research and teaching focus on embodiment, intersectionality, transgender studies, and feminist and queer theory. As an extension of her academic work, she also conducts community education workshops on transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer issues.

Sarah S. Topp

is a consultant at JurySync Litigation Consulting in Olathe, KS. She received her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, where she studied rhetorical theory, gender, and social movements. Her dissertation was on the rhetoric of intersex rights advocates.

Tiina Vares

is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research interests include sexualities and identities, sexualization, and sexuopharmaceuticals. Here current project explores the experiences of self-identified asexuals in New Zealand, particularly in relation to intimacy and relationality.

Michelle Wolkomir

is the Tracie Whitehurst Woods Board of Regents Endowed Professor of Sociology and the Director of Gender Studies at Centenary College. Her book, Be Not Deceived: The Sacred and Sexual Struggles of Gay and Ex-Gay Christian Men, received the 2006 American Sociological Association’s book award in sexualities. Other publications focus on mixed orientation marriage, non monogamy, gender power dynamics among various groups, and interviewing techniques for sensitive populations. She was appointed to the Shreveport Human Relations Commission by the mayor of Shreveport.

alithia zamantakis

(they/she) is a nonbinary trans femme graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State. Their research focuses on the ways in which whiteness and transphobia are constructed and/or challenged within intimate relationships, the co-constructions of white supremacy and transphobia through discourse, and reproductive justice. They are a member of the Sociologists for Trans & Intersex Justice and a poet/fiction author when not consumed by academic writing.

Expanding the Rainbow

Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Polyamorous, Kinky, Ace, Intersex, and Trans People


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