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Jason Whitesel

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies

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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.


PhD , Sociology, Ohio State University , 2009

BA , Psychology, Purdue University , 1996

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2016 - LGBTQA Educator of the Year


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.


  • 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.


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