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J. E. Sumerau


J. E. Sumerau

Meet J. E. Sumerau

Assistant Professor, Sociology; Director, Applied Sociology

Education: 2008, Augusta State University, B.A.
2010, Florida State University, M.S.
2012, Florida State University, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Sexualities
Sociology of Gender
Medical Sociology
Qualitative Research Methods
Childhood Socialization

Career Specialties: J. Sumerau’s teaching and research focuses on the intersections of sexualities, gender, religion and health in the historical and interpersonal experiences of sexual, gender and religious minorities. For publications to date and teaching materials, see To date, Sumerau’s work has focused on, for example, the experiences of Christian sexual minorities; gender and sexualities in Mormonism; gender and sexual health disparities; and transgender religious experience. Zir work has been published in many books and journals including but not limited to Gender & Society, Symbolic Interaction, Sexualities, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Men and Masculinities, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Spectrum and Journal of Sex Research .

Professional and Community Activities: Sumerau is deeply involved in public advocacy on behalf of marginalized racial, classed, gender, sexual and religious groups in society. Ze is active in professional organizations including the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the American Sociological Association. Ze is also on the board of directors for a local nonprofit network managing housing options for homeless populations, and the co-founder and administrator of, a blog site dedicated to the personal and emotional aspects of teaching, research and activism. Ze also regularly writes for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction’s music blog ( exploring connections between art and society, and is an occasional guest blogger for, an academic site for scholars on the margins of the academy.

Honors and Awards: 2015 University of Tampa Unsung Hero Award
2012 (Co-Winner) The Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
2012 The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from Florida State University Department of Sociology.
2011 The Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Sex and Gender.
2010 The Allen-Klar Best Graduate Student Research Paper Award from the Florida State University Department of Sociology.