I am a second year PhD student in Sociology at Michigan State University.
My research seeks to understand the inequalities that transgender and gender diverse individuals face due to their gender identities at the micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis. Specifically, I examine three interrelated questions:
1) How do social identities shape how individuals interpret and conceptualize gender conformity across contexts?
2) How do gender diverse individuals interact with their peers and navigate queer communities to counteract the inequities that might arise due to their gender identities?
3) How do organizations and institutions actively seek to gatekeep and legislate gender, and what are the consequences thereof for transgender and gender diverse individuals?
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