Other projects in the works:
A study of how IRBs, researchers, and research participants generate adhoc ethics in the wake of methodological crises. New media research and youth sexuality research are used as comparative case studies. Both projects offer a critical analysis of the gendered practices of science that imagine/define what is harmful and also frame subjects as vulnerable, requiring protection.
Examination of the experiences of intersex and trans-identifying youth and how they implement new media in their political practice and identity construction. The particular inflections of location, class, and race continue to be central to my discussion. What kinds of political and social arguments do these two different populations of youth draw upon to both stabilize and radicalize their identities? When are their standpoints and situated knowledge as ‘lay experts’ trumped by the voice of scientific authority? How do these allied communities deploy gender identities differently—and, at times, antagonistically? And, how might these deployments both challenge and nurture feminists theorizing gender?
How the scientific discourses of “vulnerable populations” and “sensitive issues” have come to incorporate youth and sexuality respectively—particularly in the wake of methodological or political crises. What kinds of ad-hoc ethics do the interactions of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), researchers, and research participants produce during these crises? Are genders that challenge norms poised to be formally absorbed into one or both of the above discourses and, if so, what kinds of gendered knowledge might we theorize as a result? Both these projects offer a critical analysis of how people navigate a host of subjectivities, engage popular and marginalized understandings of gender and sexual identities, and incorporate the gendered—often masculinist—practices and conversations of “Science.”
An analysis of the mid-20th century lesbian newsletter "the Ladder" and contemporary online "womyn's communities" as examples of counter-publics used by women to collectively and publically construct a private sense of sexual identity.
A comparative study of the locally-situated use of new media technologies in the global political organizing work of international women's and queer rights groups.
A study of the rhetoric used in local struggles over adoption of non-discrimination codes in rural and suburban public high school settings. this research will compare the efforts to include sexual orientation and gender identity in these policies to earlier debates surrounding the addition of other protected statuses particularly those addressing gender and race.
The place of the "confessional" in queering sexuality comparing web logs, documentary films, and reality TV shows.