Culture; Law; Social Movements; Family; Gender and Sexuality.
“The Construction and Contestation of ‘Family’ in LGBT Communities.” This project draws upon interviews and focus groups to examine the close relationships in the lives of sexual minorities and gender variant people. LGBT people are often invoked as threats to family in “family values” discourses, even as the gay rights movement focuses more than ever on a range of family issues including marriage and parenting rights. This project seeks to advance theorizing about nontraditional families.
“The Role of Cognition in the Development of Social Fragmentation, Commonalities, and Consensus.” This NSF-funded project with Professor Penny Edgell uses focus group discussions of contemporary social controversies to examine how ordinary citizens deliberate on complex issues and evaluate competing forms of expert discourse from religion, science and the law.
“Same-Sex Marriage and Constituent Perceptions of the LGBT Rights Movement,” with Timothy Ortyl. Forthcoming in (Not) the Marrying Kind, edited by V. Taylor and M. Bernstein, University of Minnesota Press.
“The Changing Landscape of Love and Marriage,” with Ann Meier and Timothy Ortyl. 2010. Contexts 9(2):32-37.
Review of When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, by M. V. Lee Badgett. 2010. Contemporary Sociology 39(6): 684-5.
“Young Adult Relationship Values at the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality,” with Ann Meier and Timothy Ortyl. 2009. Journal of Marriage and Family 71(3):510-525.
Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Politics of Love and Law. 2006. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.