Bethany Coston, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Bethany (bee) Coston, Ph.D.

Bethany Coston is a sociologically-trained activist scholar who has spent time in the midwest and on the east coast educating, protesting, and participating in research on sexualities and the making of sexual identities, violence, health and wellness and community-based organizing. Bethany spends most of their time with grassroots organizations/groups that work to end LGBTQ+ intimate partner violence and make victims’/survivors’ lives physically and psychologically better in the process. Bethany is a former pre-doctoral population health fellow with the National LGBT Health Education Center at Fenway Health and currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections scholar. You can find their research in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Journal of Social Issues, and edited volumes such as Race, Class, and Gender (edited by Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins), Queering the Deep South (edited by Kamden Strunk), and Paths to Gender Justice in Education: Theories & Practices (edited by Marc Pruyn, Curry Malott, and Pierre Wilbert Orelus), among others. Bethany is also passionate about bringing these interests and issues into their teaching; no matter the topics taught, Bethany aims to expand boundaries, question normality, and deconstruct reality. When not in community or teaching, you can find Bethany streaming reality tv and dramedies with their wife and two dog-children.