Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies
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41 Park Row 5th fl., Rm. 511 'I'
New York City
Jason Whitesel (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is a Women's & Gender Studies faculty member at Pace University. His research focuses on gay men's rigid body image ideal and the resulting intragroup strife among them. His book, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma (NYUP, 2014), describes events at Girth & Mirth club gatherings and examines how big gay men use campy-queer behavior to reconfigure and reclaim their sullied images and identities.
PhD , Sociology, Ohio State University , 2009
BA , Psychology, Purdue University , 1996
Awards and Honors
- Pace University, 2016 - LGBTQA Educator of the Year
- The Advocate, 2015 - A “Must-Read LGBT Book" Author
Whitesel, J. (2018). "Big Gay Men's Performative Protest against Body Shaming: The Case of Girth and Mirth. " In Christina Bobel and Samantha Kwan (Eds.), Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, Transformations (forthcoming). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
Whitesel, J. (2017). "Gay Men's Use of Online Pictures in Fat-Affirming Groups. " In L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan (Eds.), Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches (pages 500-508). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Whitesel, J. (2017). "Intersections of Multiple Oppressions: Racism, Sizeism, Ableism, and the 'Illimitable Etceteras' in Encounters with Law Enforcement. " Sociological Forum. Vol 32 (Issue 2) , pages 426-433.
Whitesel, J. (2017). “The Disruptive Power of Social/Queer/Fat/Human/Countercultural Junk. " MELK: A Queer Cultural Magazine. Vol 4 , pages 52-61.
Whitesel, J. & Shuman, A. (2016). "Discursive Entanglements, Diffractive Readings: Weight-Loss-Surgery Narratives of Girth & Mirthers. " Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Vol 5 (Issue 1) , pages 32-56.
Whitesel, J. & Shuman, A. (2016). "Social Smoking: An Untenable Position. " In Patricia and Peter Adler (Eds.), Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction, 8th ed. (pages 559-572). Boston, MA: Cengage.
Whitesel, J. (2014). Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. New York, NY: NYU Press.
Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts
Community Capacity-Building Efforts in a Nonprofit Organization for Older Gay Men: A Case Study of the Prime Timers.
The Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellowship . Funded,*2015-2017. The objectives of the study are as follows: 1) to learn about older gay/bisexual men's or their admirers' understanding of their masculinity as they grow older; 2) to learn how they construct their sexuality; and 3) to determine in what ways the Prime Timers club helps its members weather the stigma of ageism and provides them with strategies and resources for managing that stigma.
Brothaspeak Podcast: Black LGBT Issues & Topics [Internet],
“You're FAT! (Fabulous And Thick): Big Boyz with Pride.” Interview with C. Gadson.
"Author Calls Out Gay Men for Fat-Shaming & Negative Body Talk." Interview with G. Gremore.
Racial Democracy, Crime & Justice Network News [Internet],
"Fat Gay Men and Female Ex-Prisoners: Jason Whitesel & Andrea Leverentz's Books Explore Social Stigma and the Struggle for 'Normality' & Respect." Interview with S. Arnold.
Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4 [Radio],
"Fat Gay Men Resisting the Stigma." Interview with L. Taylor.
"Big Gay Pals: The Troubles and Triumphs of Fat Gay Men." Book Review by M. Stern.
Committee on Scholarly Research
[Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal]
Queer Society Student Organization
Queer Studies Minor
Wilson Center Faculty Steering Committee
[Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal]
Middle States Assessment for the WGS Department