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Dr. Avery Tompkins

Diversity Scholar

Academic History

Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University, 2011
C.A.S., Women’s Studies, Syracuse University, 2007
M.A., Sociology, Syracuse University, 2004
B.A., Sociology and Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, 2003

Courses Taught at Transy

FYS/FYRS
Introduction to Sociology
Gender and Society
Transgender Identities, Communities, and Everyday Life
Culture and the Social Body
Research Methods
Families in Society
Deviance, Diversity, and Social Control
Health, Medicine, and Society
Digital Technologies and the Social Self

Areas of Research

Qualitative methods and ethnography
Teaching, learning, and pedagogy
Genders and sexualities
Queer studies and theories
Recreation and rurality
Sociology of the body
Social media
Everyday activism and resistance
Communities and collective identities

Recent Publications

“Asterisk.” 2014. Transgender Studies Quarterly 1(1-2): 26-27.

“‘There’s No Chasing Involved’: Cis/Trans Relationships, ‘Tranny Chasers,’ and the Future of a Sex-Positive Trans Politics.” 2014. The Journal of Homosexuality 61(5): 766-780.

“Review of Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal”, by J. Jack Halberstam. 2013. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 0(1): 224-226.

Recent Presentations

2019. “’The Future is Bright:’ Digital Technologies and the Social Self via Black Mirror.” North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, OH. March 29.

2016. “LGBTQI 101 and Law Practice.” University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington KY, November 14.

2016. “LGBTQI-Inclusive Clinical Practice.” University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Lexington KY, November 9.

2013. “‘There’s No Chasing Involved’: Cis/Trans Relationships, ‘Tranny Chasers’, and the Future of a Sex-Positive Trans Politics.” Critical Dialogue session at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York NY, August 11.

2012. “(Trans) Sexualities and Contested Identities: Cis/Trans Relationships and the (Queer) Politics of Naming.” Annual speaker series in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Saint Mary’s College, South Bend IN, January 31.