Jason Whitesel (Ph.D., Ohio State University) holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at Illinois State University where he teaches the core sequence of classes in the Queer Studies Concentration. Formerly, Dr. Whitesel coordinated the Queer Studies Minor in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at Pace University, NYC, where he was awarded tenure in 2018 and LGBTQA Educator of the Year in 2016, and again in 2018. He authored a critically acclaimed book, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma (2014), which continues to resonate with readers beyond the first few years of its publication. Currently, he continues to teach, research, write, and consult on the intersectionalities of race, class, gender, body weight, appearance, sexuality, dis/ability, ethnicity, and nationality, and how various identities define some lives as less/more valuable than others. His research focuses on recording different groups’ embodied resistance to injustice.
292.001Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
398.004Professional Practice:Internship In Sociological Research
392.001Queer and Transgender Theory
342.001Sociology Of The Body
Qualitative Research Methods, Critical Race Studies, Fat Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Studies