Jason Whitesel

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

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."

Areas of Expertise
  • Stigma Management
  • Norm Violation
  • Social Construction of Deviance
Education
  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2009