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Jason Whitesel

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies

Location
  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 5th fl., Rm. 511 'I'
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New York City

Biography


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 recent 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.

Education


PhD , Sociology, Ohio State University , 2009

BA , Psychology, Purdue University , 1996

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2016 - LGBTQA Educator of the Year

Publications


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. " Patricia and Peter Adler (Eds.), Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Whitesel, J. (2014). Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Whitesel, J. & Shuman, A. (2013). "Normalizing Desire: Stigma and the Carnivalesque in Gay Bigmen's Cultural Practices. " Men and Masculinities. Vol 16 (Issue 4) , pages 478-496.

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Whitesel, J. (2015). 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,2015-2016. 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.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Queerty [Internet], February 2016
    "Author Calls Out Gay Men for Fat-Shaming & Negative Body Talk." Interview with G. Gremore.
  • Racial Democracy, Crime & Justice Network News [Internet], April 2015
    "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.
  • BBC Four, London [Radio], December 2014
    "Fat Gay Men Resisting the Stigma." Thinking Allowed with L. Taylor.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Committee on Buildings, Maintenance and Space Allocation [Committee Member]
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