Summer Institute 2009: Race, Gender, and Sexuality

2009 Summer Institute Speakers Bios

Hector Carrillo, DrPH
Featured Speaker

Dr. Hector Carrillo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. He is primarily interested in the ethnographic study of sexuality and HIV prevention in Mexico and with Latino populations in the U.S. His current research analyzes how the sexuality of Mexican gay immigrants influences their paths of migration to the U.S., their incorporation into U.S. life, and their sexual health and HIV risk. He is also conducting a study about the effects of acculturation on HIV risk among heterosexual Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants. Dr. Carrillo was previously co-investigator in a study of drug use and unprotected sex among Latino gay men, and conducted an ethnographic study of sexuality and HIV prevention in Guadalajara, Mexico. The results of this latter study were published in book format as The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Cathy J. Cohen, PhD
Featured Speaker

Cathy J. Cohen, is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of the book The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and the co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Her work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, GLQ, NOMOS, and Social Text. Cohen is also editor with Frederick Harris of a new book series from Oxford Press entitled Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities. Her general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.


Lisa Diamond, PhD
Featured Speaker

Lisa M. Diamond is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on the nature and development of affectional bonds and same-sex sexuality. She has been particularly interested in the longitudinal course of sexual identity development, and in factors that influence the expression of same-sex sexuality at different stages of life. Dr. Diamond also studies how attachment relationships with friends, parents, and romantic partners help adolescents and adults regulate negative emotions and physiological reactivity. Dr. Diamond’s research has been supported by grants from NIMH, the Templeton Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the American Psychological Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.


Jessica Fields, PhD
Proposal Writing Intensive Leader

Jessica Fields is an Associate Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University, a Research Associate at the SFSU Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, and the Interim Director of SFSU’s Public Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Her book, Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality (Rutgers University Press, 2008) explores what sex education teaches middle-school students about sexual difference and inequality; intersections of sexuality, race, and gender inequalities; and their own and others’ entitlement to sexual pleasure and respect. Dr. Fields is currently the lead investigator in a participatory action research study of HIV/AIDS, incarceration, and safer sex negotiation. With funding from the California HIV Research Program and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, university researchers, educators, and incarcerated women Jailed Women & HIV Education promises to contribute to broad efforts to illuminate and challenge the roles that incarceration, HIV/AIDS, education, and research play in women’s lives.

At the CRGS, Dr. Fields pursues her research program with RISE: Research in Inequality, Sexuality, and Education, a team of SFSU undergraduate and graduate student researchers from Sociology, Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Psychology. At SFSU, she is an active mentor to graduate and undergraduate students and teaches courses on research methods; race, sexuality, class, and gender; youth; and sexuality education. Dr. Fields is Board President of Health Initiatives for Youth, a San Francisco-based community organization.


Amy Sueyoshi, PhD
Graduate and Professional Track Leader

Amy Sueyoshi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Ethnic Studies and Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. A historian by training, her specialties lie in race, sexuality, Asian America, and twentieth century U.S. Her publications on cross-dressing, pornography, and same-sex marriage have appeared in journals such as Frontiers and Amerasia. Currently she is working on a book manuscript on the intimate life of Japanese immigrant poet Yone Noguchi.


Lisa M. Vallin, MA
Teaching Sex Track Leader

Lisa Vallin is a recent graduate of the Sexuality Studies program at San Francisco State University.  She received her masters in May of 2008 and is currently teaching sexuality education to undergraduate students at SFSU.  Her thesis study explored youth in America and her native Sweden, their thoughts and experiences of sex education and the development of sexual literacy.  Lisa’s passion lies in teaching and sexuality education.  “The classroom is such a unique environment with endless opportunities and possibilities; it brings meaning to life.”  In the summer of 2006 Lisa attended the NSRC Summer Institute, making her a real product of our programs!


Christopher White, PhD
Summer Institute Director and Service Learning Track Leader

Christopher White is the Director of Education and Training at the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University. Dr. White earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Health Promotion and his M.A. from New York University in Human Sexuality Education. Dr. White has taught courses on human sexuality, child and adolescent health, and drugs and society at UT-Austin and UT-San Antonio. He has developed various sexual health and HIV prevention programs, including innovative programming that combined sexuality education with video production instruction for GLBT youth. His current interests are promoting sexual literacy through innovative and creative programs that include using popular fiction, media, and pop culture to enhance conversations and increase relevancy around sexuality issues.


Andreana Clay
Course: Pop Culture Representations of Race, Gender and Sexuality (Elective – All Levels)

Andreana Clay is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses on hip-hop culture and music, popular culture, and contemporary theory in the Sociology Department.  She is currently completing her book manuscript, What Are We Fighting For?: Youth, Activism, and Post-Civil Rights Politics (under contract NYU Press), which is an ethnography of two youth organizations in Oakland, CA. She has also published articles on Black youth and hip-hop culture; queer women, Black masculinity and hip-hop; Me’Shell Ndegeocello and hip-hop feminism; and the use of hip-hop as a social justice tool for youth activists.


Deborah Cohler
Course: Queer Theories, Citizenship, and Transnational Circuits of Race, Gender, and Sexuality (Graduate Level)

Deborah Cohler is an Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies at San Francisco State University.  She researches the intersections of lesbian subjectivity, nationalism, and gender identity in early-twentieth-century England as well as the transnational production of queer identities in the early-twenty-first century. Particularly interested in the effects of war-time nationalist discourses on constructions of sexuality and gender, she has published articles on the rise of lesbian identity on the British home front in World War I (Journal of the History of Sexuality) and the gendered and sexual landscape of post-9/11 U.S. mass culture (Feminist Media Studies). Her first book, Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth Century Britain, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in early 2010. Her new project, tentatively titled War Cultures examines how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan impact changing gender, sexual, and racial identities in the USA.

Emily Encina
Course: Sexily Subvert: Create your own PSA for Social Justice! (Elective – All Levels)

Emily Encina is an Instructor-in-Training at QWOCMAP (Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project) which creates, exhibits and distributes new films that address the vital social justice issues that concern queer women of color. She is a videomaker, teacher and youth facilitator based in San Francisco. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Feminist Studies and Community Studies with an emphasis on documentary video production. While most of her background in activism and the arts has centered on media justice, she has participated in a number of projects that utilize theater, spoken word, and music as a means for empowerment and education.


Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Course: I Am Not Who You Think I Am: Identity Politics, Activism and the Internet.  (Elective – All Levels)

Samhita is a 31 year old writer and activist who just moved from from a 7 year stint in San Francisco to upstate NY. She is the web manager at the Center for Media Justice, an Oakland based org that provides media strategy and action for the grassroots justice based organizing groups. She has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from SUNY Albany and a Masters in Women’s Studies from San Francisco State with a critical focus on gender, race, writing and the blogosphere. She is on the advisory board at Wiretap Magazine. She has written for New American Media, Wiretap, Colorlines, the Nation and the American Prospect and has been featured in India Currents Magazine, Nirali Magazine and Alternet. In 2007 she was named a Champion of Sexual Literacy by the National Sexuality Resource Center. She is currently working on a book about feminism, the romance industry and love.


Nayan Shah
Course: Histories of Race, Gender and Sexuality in the United States (Elective – All Levels)

Nayan Shah is Associate Professor of History at the University of California at San Diego, where he teaches U.S., Asian American and queer history, critical gender studies and ethnic studies.  He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1988 and his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 1995.   He has taught at SUNY Binghamton, New York University and most recently as the Freeman Foundation Visiting Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan University.

His research and teaching interests focus on the political, social and cultural practices that define and unsettle categories of race and sexuality in Asian migrations and circulation in North America.  His book, Contagious Divides:  Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown (University of California Press, 2001), received the Association of Asian American Studies History Book Prize. Shah is completing a new book, Collaborative Intimacies:  South Asian Migrants, Legal and Social Borderlands in North America, 1900-1945.  His approach to race, migration, queer studies and law has appeared in published articles from this project in American Quarterly (2005), Social Text (2005) and Ann Stoler, (ed.) Haunted by Empire (Duke University Press, 2006).  He also wrote a article on the early history of South Asian diaspora lgbtq identity, entitled, “Sexuality, Identity and the Uses of History” which has been republished widely in Q&A:  Queer in Asia America and Social Perspectives in Gay and Lesbian Studies.  He has also collaborated on editorial projects including, a special issue on “Voyeurism” for Felix:  A Journal of Media Arts and Communication (2000) and as associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004).   He is also working on a new collaborative research project with researchers, artists, and activists on layered digital mapping of Transborder California.

2009 Summer Institute Staff

Richard Garcia, MA student
Graduate Intern

Richard is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami with dual degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies. As a first year masters student in sexuality studies at SFSU, his research focuses on talking with transmen about sexuality and gender identity, specifically, sex, pleasure, and fluidity. He is also interested in the ways that sexual literacy, feminist, and queer methodologies/theory can be incorporated into research. When not in class, Richard interns with the National Sexuality Resource Center in education and training.

Elizabeth McClelland, MA
Program Coordinator, Education and Training

Elizabeth McClelland joined the National Sexuality Resource Center after completing her master’s degree in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is interested in education models that emphasis participants’ self-knowledge and experiences of pleasure in order to foster agency and sexual subjectivity. Interested in both youth and adult education, Elizabeth hopes to create sexuality education programs that reach people at different stages of their lives and that take into account relationship status, race, age, ability, faith, and culture. Prior to joining the NSRC she worked on an ovarian cancer screening trial at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked in the field of assisted reproductive technology. When not working at the NSRC, Elizabeth volunteers at Project Open Hand

Ruslan Valeev
Operations Manager

Ruslan Valeev is the Operations Manager for the National Centers on Sexuality (NSRC/CRGS) and has been with the organization since 2003. Ruslan oversees grants, space, and assets at the Centers, ensuring that all projects have adequate resources to accomplish their mission goals.

Jason Kopeck
Administrative Coordinator

Jason Kopeck, an alum of SFSU, is the Administrative Coordinator for the NSRC/NCS, has years of Executive Assistant experience working mostly in the entertainment industry.  He most recently assisted three Executive Producers at Super Delicious, a television production company.