My research examines how individuals negotiate and understand social categories that—while often perceived as natural—are actually socially constructed. Specifically, I examine gender and sexual identities, including their intersections with race and place, and investigate diversity within them. As a mixed-methods researcher, I conduct research using interviews and secondary data analysis of nationally representative surveys. Doing so allows me to detail complex, nuanced themes and to uncover broad social relationships at the national level. Although examinations of meaning-making processes have traditionally been the focus of qualitative research, I seek to bring this focus to quantitative research as I utilize nationally representative data to examine sexual identities.
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DeCourcey, Danielle. 2016. “Straight Rural Men Are Having ‘Bud-Sex’ with Each Other.” Attn, December 21. http://www.attn.com/stories/13745/straight-rural-men-having-bud-sex
Smith, Brian C. 2017. “The Straight Men of the Rural Midwest Who Have Sex With Each Other.” Edge Media, January 24. https://melmagazine.com/the-straight-men-of-the-rural-midwest-who-have-sex-with-each-other-9a1eb5fc448e#.gtfazc2fz