I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies at the University of British Columbia.

I earned my Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern. Before arriving in Vancouver, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows.

I study the cultural, political, and spatial expressions of sexuality. Click here to read an interview with me in which discuss why I became a sociologist, memorable advice I have received over the years, and reflections on my new gayborhoods book.

My publications consider LGBT social movement organizing (Annual Review of Sociology 2016), especially at the national level (American Sociological Review 2011, award-winning lead article); how cultural understandings of sexuality are changing in a “post-gay” era (Social Problems 2011); the problem of measurement in social scientific studies of culture (Theory and Society 2009); how to measure urban sexual cultures (Theory and Society 2014); the methodological renaissance occurring in queer studies (WSQ 2016); the relationship between infighting and insurrection (award winning University of Chicago Press book 2008); and the alleged demise of iconic gay neighborhoods across the United States (award winning Princeton University Press
book 2014; Contexts 2015; EPA 2015IJURR 2015).

I study topics that range from measurement to mobilization and the metropolis. Despite this diversity, there are common questions that motivate my work: What explains the social organization of sexuality? And what factors incite change in these arrangements over time, across political contexts, and in urban settings?

I have used these questions to develop research programs in the study of culture (where I focus on how to measure meanings using qualitative approaches), social movements (where I think about the relationship between infighting and insurrection), and
urban sociology (where I explore the spatial expressions of sexuality).

My work has been featured in international media outlets, including The New YorkerAmerican Prospect, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, Vox, BBC Radio 4 (UK), CBC radio and television (Canada), Chicago TribuneGoverning magazine, Standpoint magazine (UK), Vice magazine (US, UK, Canada, and Colombia), Times Higher Education (UK), The Monocle Daily (UK radio), Seattle Times, SF Weekly, Philadelphia Weekly, Huffington Post, Irish Examiner, Yahoo News, National Post (Canada), Vancouver Sun, the Advocate, Huffington Post Live: Queer View (television), HuffPost Gay Voices, Towleroad, Joe. My. God., Queerty, Pink News (Europe’s largest gay news service), Out Traveler, Frontiers magazine (LA), Windy City Times (Chicago), Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, and The Michelangelo Signorile Show, among others. In addition, I have been invited to speak on National Public Radio (NPR) stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

I have won several awards for my research and my teaching, including:

  • 2009 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Book in LGBT Studies (Dividends of Dissent);
  • 2009 Charles Tilly Award for Best Book (Honorable Mention) from the Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association (Dividends of Dissent);
  • 2010 Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence (Finalist) from the British Sociological Association (The Constraints of Culture);
  • 2012 Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article (Honorable Mention) from the Sociology of Culture section (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences);
  • 2012 Best Article Award from the Social Movements section
    (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences);
  • 2014 Killam Teaching Prize (a university-wide award for teaching excellence);
  • 2014 Wall Scholars Fellowship from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies;
  • 2015 Author Meets Critic session at the American Sociological Association meetings          (There Goes the Gayborhood?);
  • 2015 Author Meets Critic session at the Association of American Geographers meetings   (There Goes the Gayborhood?);
  • 2015 Author Meets Critic session at the Canadian Association of Geographers meetings
    (There Goes the Gayborhood?);
  • 2015 Over the Rainbow Book Project list, American Library Association
    (There Goes the Gayborhood?);
  • 2015 Top Instructors (awarded to instructors whose student evaluation data place them in the top 10% of instructors in the Faculty of Arts);
  • 2016 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book (Honorable Mention) from
    the Community and Urban sociology section of the American Sociological Association
    (There Goes the Gayborhood?);
  • 2016 Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies (5 year term);
  • 2018 Visiting Senior Fellowship from the London School of Economics;
  • The Princeton Society of Fellows, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline have all supported my work in various ways over the years.

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