Meet Jason E. Sumerau
Assistant Professor, 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
Career Specialties: Jason Sumerau's research and teaching interests focus on elaborating and critiquing social psychological, feminist and queer approaches to race, class, gender, sexuality, age, health and religious inequalities in the lives of sexual minorities and majorities in the contemporary social world.
Professional and Community Activities: Sumerau is deeply involved in sociological, social psychological, feminist and queer disciplines. His work has thus far been published in academic journals, such as
Race, Gender, and Class
Gender & Society
, an undergraduate reader examining social and political uses of the body, and two social psychological handbook anthologies. Further, his work has garnered national awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. At present, he is preparing manuscripts from his dissertation research into the sexual, gendered and religious transformations of an LGBT Christian organization for submission and publication, embarking on a collaborative life history study with colleagues from Florida State University and the University of Ilinois Chicago examining the lives of gender queer people, and embarking on an interview-based study of the sexual habits, beliefs and practices of college students.
Honors and Awards: (Co-Winner) The Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award for "Accomplishing Organizational Manhood: LGBT Christians' Social Construction of a Masculine Organizational Culture." Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 2012.
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Department of Sociology, Florida State University, 2012.
Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award for "Becoming Responsible Gay Christian Men: Responsibility Discourses, Compensatory Manhood Acts, and Inequality in a Metropolitan Community Church" American Sociological Assocation Section on Sex and Gender, 2011.
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Student Travel Grant $200, 2010 and 2011
Allen-Klar Best Graduate Student Research Paper Award for "Constructing an Inclusive Congregational Identity in a Metropolitan Community Church" Department of Sociology, Florida State University, 2010.
Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship Award $8500, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 2008.
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Augusta State University, 2008.
International Sociology Honor Society, Augusta State University, 2008.
National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Augusta State University, 2008.
National Political Science Honor Society, Augusta State University, 2008.
Augusta Women's Council Academic Scholarship, Augusta State University $1500, 2006, 2007, and 2008