Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Sociology)
Contact: westbrol (at) gvsu (dot) edu OR LaurelWestbrook (at) gmail (dot) com
Syllabi for Courses I Teach
Research and Teaching Interests: Social Theory, Gender, Sexuality, Violence, Social Movements, and Media Studies
My research and teaching interests include gender, sexuality, violence, transgender studies, social movements, the media, methods, and poststructuralist theory. My current projects focus on the inner workings of the sex/gender/sexuality system. I utilize a range of research methods, including interviews, statistical analysis, and textual analysis to examine how this system shapes and is shaped by understandings of violence, the practices of social movements, and the construction of sociological knowledge.
I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2009 and am currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University.