Jason Whitesel

Jason Whitesel

Jason Whitesel

Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Pace University


Areas of Expertise

  • Stigma Management
  • Norm Violation
  • Social Construction of Deviance


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2009

Jason Whitesel (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2009) is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Pace University in New York

Previously he worked from 2007-2010 at OSU’s Criminal Justice Research Center as a grant project manager for the Crime & Justice Summer Research Institute and the Racial Democracy, Crime & Justice Network and served as the Center’s webmaster. His broader research agenda investigates social constructions of deviance and how stigma management and norm violation serve as identity-shaping practices. Along these lines, one of his more recent articles, “Social Smoking: An Untenable Position,” (Sociological Focus, Nov 2009, w/ Amy Shuman), examines how social smokers occupy tenuous, but nonetheless manageable, subject positions. He is also interested in how multiply marginalized people construct and deploy a collective identity and is currently working on a book about how members of an international social movement organization, Girth & Mirth, use allusion and campy-queer behavior to reconfigure their stigmatized identities.

Jason Whitesel was a 2011 SRI participant, and his project was "Girth and Mirth: Gay Men at Play with Fat Stigma."

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