My research examines "masculinities"--the social expectations on boys and men. Like many "Men's Studies" scholars, I believe conventional models of manhood drive all kinds of problems, from suicide, gay-bashing and rape to violent foreign policy and the dismantlement of welfare.
Using ethnographic methods, I seek to understand how and why some men develop alternative notions of masculinity; masculinities that are not based on homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, or racism. I believe that these alternative masculinities are crucial for realizing a less violent, oppressive, and hierarchical future.
Outside of academia, I have worked in LGBT advocacy and education with the Human Rights Campaign and with Keshet, a Jewish LGBT nonprofit.
Most recent publication:
Teaching men's anal pleasure: Challenging gender norms with "prostage" education. (2012). American Journal of Sexuality Studies 7(4), 404-428.
- Masculinities and men's embodiment
- Judaism and LGBT identity
- Sexual Health Education
- B.A. in history from Washington University in St. Louis