Courses I offer

Course titleNext offered
Hope and Joy in Queer and Trans Lives*
FNDS 3602
Currently running
LGBTQ Religious Experience*
WGST / SOC 388
Currently running
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Summer 2024
Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies*
WGST / SOC 366
Fall 2024
Colonialism, Race, and Sexuality*
WGST 488 (capstone)
Fall 2024
Family Diversity and Power*
Winter 2025
*Courses marked with an asterisk count toward the certificate in LGBTQ studies.

Teaching approach

  • I believe teaching can always improve. I love learning new approaches and welcome student input. Some of the best ideas for course policies and assignments have come from my students.
  • Dr. Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, had among the first and biggest influences on me as a teacher. Her book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (PDF) is one I return to again and again. If you’re going to read one chapter, I recommend chapter five, “Theory as liberatory practice.”
  • I believe in welcoming students’ whole selves to the classroom. I also believe in respecting students’ privacy. In my classes, you are always welcome to share about yourself and your life but never have to.

Sample syllabus

Student research I have supervised

  • Foundations in LGBTQ+ studies (winter 2024)
  • Non-binary identities (summer 2021)
  • Discrimination, concealment, & multiple minority status within LGBTQ+ populations (thesis co-chair, winter 2021)
  • LGBTQ+ couple relationships (fall 2020)
  • DSM-5 classifications and US trans* communities (summer 2020)
  • LGBTQ+ college student experiences at UM-Dearborn (fall 2019)
  • Asexuality and ace spectrum identities (summer 2019)
  • Queer studies reading group (fall 2018)
  • Applying principles of nonviolent communication to intimate relationships (fall 2017)
  • Trans men’s experiences coming out to parents (fall 2016)
  • Critical disability studies (fall 2016)
  • Trans women in the media (summer 2016)
  • Black lesbian cultural production (summer 2015)
  • Queer Middle Eastern identity and community formations (winter 2015)
  • Counseling LGBTQ+ college and university students (winter 2015)

An independent study is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor to complete a project or learn more about a specific topic of interest to you. Click here to view the University of Michigan-Dearborn independent study contract.